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Program

Sep 25, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Multilingualism in the U.S.– Do Americans need more than one language?

Join us for an insightful roundtable discussion celebrating this year’s European Day of Languages. Different views on multilingualism will be presented and discussed from a U.S. and European perspective along their educational, economic, social and cultural fault lines. Followed by a reception.

Today, given the global economy and cultural diversity, the subject of multilingualism has become more important than ever in the scientific, political and public debate. At the same time, however, American schools at every level have reduced foreign-language programs. While more than half of the European population and an increasing number in other parts of the world can converse in a second language, only a quarter of all Americans report speaking a language other than English.

What is multilingualism worth and how can the long-term reality of linguistic diversity in the U.S. be promoted taking into account a variety of regional, national and supranational interests? 

Join us for an insightful roundtable discussion celebrating this year’s European Day of Languages. Different views on multilingualism will be presented and discussed from a U.S. and European perspective along their educational, economic, social and cultural fault lines.

The panel will be moderated by author and business correspondent for The Economist, Robert Lane Greene, and will include Piet Van Avermaet, Center for Diversity and Learning at University of Ghent, Fabrice Jaumont, Embassy of France (TBC), Christopher Hartwood, Slavic Department at Columbia University, Angelica Infante, NYS Education Department (TBC), Kim Potowski, Department of Hispanic Linguistics at University of Illinois Chicago, and Werner Sollors, Department of English at Harvard University.

This event is presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and co-sponsored by the Czech Center, Flanders House New York, French-Institute/Alliance Française and Instituto Cervantes.

This event is free of charge and presented in English

Please RSVP at https://www.multilingualism.eventbrite.com

For questions please contact Simona Gnade at Tel. +1 212 439 8718
simona.gnade@newyork.goethe.org

 

Venue:

Graduate Center at CUNY, 8th floor Dining Commons, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Date

Sep 25, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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