Upcoming & past events
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Language Resource Center Open House, March 9th, 2016: Student panel: Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages.
Dr. Roger Haro, 2015 Biology Professor of the year, and seven students shared their personal stories and cultural experience with a large number of students and faculty members. Student panel members had majors including biology, history, economics and finance. Each spoke with passion and conviction about how languages, cultures and their field of study interact and enrich each other.
Panel members gave numerous personal examples that showed how the study of languages and cultures enriched their other major area of study and provided them skills and insights to broaden their understanding of the world and of people in unique ways. All of them emphasized the role of languages in making them better thinkers, communicators and well-rounded educated adults. They also mentioned that they feel much more adaptable and prepared to professional situations in which they might be outside their comfort-zone. They clearly stated that knowing one or two languages will definitely open them additional doors when they start looking for a job in the United States or internationally.
Student panel: Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages.
You may listen to the panel's presentation: Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages
The Festival of Languages is a yearly event organized by the Global Cultures & Languages Department to celebrate diversity, community, languages, and to discover interdisciplinary connections. This year’s Festival featured special guest, Lynn Sessler Neitzel, 1990 UWL 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 shared numerous professional and personal opportunities that result from being able to communicate in another language. The Festival of Languages offered a variety of cultural workshops and presentations, and counted five hundred participants.
Opening: 9:00 am - 9:15am CLS Dean Julia Johnson’s opening statement
UW-L vocal jazz band
9:20am-9:45am Chinese calligraphy
9:50am-10:10am Chinese lesson
10:15am-10:40am Presentation: “Languages Open Doors: Journeys of Political Science and Anthropology Professors (through graduate school and professional research)” by Dr. Liz Peacock, Dr. Regina Goodnow
10:45am-11:10am Russian lesson
11:15am-11:55am Student culture poster presentations
12:00pm-12:55pm Presentation: “World Languages: All our Futures Depend on Them” by Lynn Sessler Neitzel
1:00pm-1:25pm Hmong lesson
1:30pm-1:55pm Papel Picado workshop
2:00pm-2:30pm Waltz lesson
2:40pm-3:00pm Chinese movements (Baduanjin Qigong)
Closing: 3:00pm- 3:10pm UW-L vocal jazz band
Room 1200, Cent. Hall
Student study abroad panels by International Education and Engagement (IEE)
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 in Language 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 (12:00pm-3:00pm), information on study abroad programs
Enjoy ethnic refreshments made/prepared by MLG department member
Read News release and discover photos and videos on the Festival of Languages:
Campus News Connections (March 28): article on the LRC Open House and the Festival of Languages:
Global Cultures & Languages Advising Day, March 4, 2016
Advising Day: Spanish, study abroad programs and TESOL program
November 2nd, 9:00am-3:00pm, Cartwrignt Center, Port'O Call
Traveling Film Festival
This year's United Nations' Association traveling film festival will be held on the UWL campus on Friday and Saturday November 6 and 7, 2015. This year's theme is: "The Human Spirit: Resiliency and responsibilities”. The selected films span the globe and prompt us to reflect upon problems facing societies here and elsewhere. Splendidly filmed, engaging, poignant, uplifting at times, these documentaries develop students' awareness of a world beyond their immediate borders and our shared responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place for all of us.
Schedule of films
Introduction to the Film Festival
I Am A Girl
The Migrant Trap
Call Me Ehsan
Pakistan’s Hidden Shame
Fire In The Blood
Blessed Fruit Of The Womb
A Civil RemedyThe Pad Piper
Story Of An Egg
The Wild Years
The Last Battle
Language Resource Center Open House
October 20th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Graff/Main Hall 321
"Find out how UW-L graduates are doing in the world of language teaching"
Festival of Languages in the local news: http://www.weau.com/home/
Festival of Languages, April 3rd, 2014
Congratulations to the Trivia question winners!
- First place: Bianca Dooley; Heaven Elliot; Brianna Stultz-Kozik
- Second place: Alexis Hess
- Third place: Amy Bye; Maddie Mottaz
Watch the Festival of Languages' video
Read the News Release that describes the program of the event:
UWL festival to promote languages
La Crosse, Wis.
Faculty, students and others will have the chance to learn more about languages and cultures during the Festival of Languages at UW-La Crosse.
“Our goal is to celebrate languages,” says Laurence Couturier who manages the university’s Language Resource Center. “We’re hoping students and others come to find out about the many offerings in the Global Cultures & Languages Department.”
Couturier, who teaches French, says it is important for students to know about other languages and cultures. "The study of languages represents a crucial link in the global world that students are preparing to enter," Couturier explains.
Couturier is coordinating the event with Shelley Hay, Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages. They hope the festival will expand and become an annual event.
The Festival of Languages runs from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd, in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. Admission is free.
The festival aims to be social, fun and informative. Among the events scheduled:
- Merengue and Tango lessons
- Zumba dancing in French
- Poster presentations on French culture
- Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting
- Round table discussion on "Russia-Ukraine relations" (10:30-11 a.m.)
- Food tasting
- Unique artifacts from China, Russia, Europe and South America
- Language programs information
- Language Resource Center information
- Language Clubs options
The Department of Global Cultures & Languages currently offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages).
Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in classes that range from beginning to advanced language levels.
Language Resource Center open house - View the photo album of our event which took place on March 10, 2014