The Festival of Languages is a yearly event organized by the Modern Languages Department to celebrate diversity, community, languages, and to discover interdisciplinary connections. This year’s Festival will feature special guest, Lynn Sessler Neitzel, 1990 UW-L graduate, who was recognized as Wisconsin’s 2015 Distinguished Language Educator. Lynn Sessler Neitzel is currently the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Blackhawk Technical College. In her talk “World Languages: All Our Futures Depend On Them”, she will share numerous professional and personal opportunities that result from being able to communicate in another language. We are looking forward to seeing you all!



2016 Festival of Languages program

Hall of Nations

Workshops and presentations

Opening: 9:00 am -  9:15am

CLS Dean Julia Johnson’s opening statement

UW-L vocal jazz band


Chinese calligraphy


Chinese lesson


Presentation: “Languages Open Doors: Journeys of Political Science and Anthropology Professors (through graduate school and professional research)” by Dr. Liz Peacock, Dr. Regina Goodnow


Russian lesson


Student culture poster presentations


Presentation: “World Languages: All our Futures Depend on Them” by Lynn Neitzel  


Hmong lesson


Papel Picado workshop


Waltz lesson


Chinese movements (Baduanjin Qigong)

Closing: 3:00pm- 3:10pm

UW-L vocal jazz band  

Room 1200,

Cent. Hall



Two student study abroad panels by International Education and Engagement (IEE) (morning and afternoon)


All day activities in the Hall of Nations


Discover cultures through poster presentations and participate in the trivia game and raffle (prizes to win)

Meet students involved inLanguage Clubs(Chinese, German, Spanish, French clubs) and experience languages

Talk with experts on professions and internships:

Career Services, Karolyn Bald, (12:00pm-3:00pm) information on professions/internships and languages

International Education and Engagement, Kabee Vue (12:00am-3:00pm), information on study abroad programs


Enjoy ethnic refreshments made/prepared by MLG department members