• Sep 25, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: Graduate Center - CUNY
  • Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2019

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.

In celebration of this year’s European Day of Languages

Roundtable discussion
5:30-7:30pm, followed by a reception with European specialties
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Ave (at 34th Street)
8th floor Dining Commons
New York, NY 10016
In English
Free, but registration required
Tel. +1 (212) 439-8718

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

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.
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