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Future Directions for Heritage Teaching and Dual Language Immersion in NC

December 2, 2021

Future Directions for Heritage Teaching and Dual Language Immersion in NC

Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

North Carolina is an established national leader in dual-language immersion programs at the K-12 level, yet the state must continue to adapt and grow with the needs of both heritage and non-heritage speakers. Programs for heritage speakers and dual language immersion programs not only respond to different needs among language learners, but they also must use different pedagogical strategies. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the state, and different languages to discuss the state of the field in heritage teaching and dual language immersion in North Carolina, and where these fields are going next.

Our expert speakers:
Lydia Fergison, Principal at North Academy of World Languages, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Prof. Ana Cecilia Lara, Director of World Languages, Coordinator Spanish Teacher Licensure, and Associate Professor at UNC-Pembroke
Kimberly Pilling, World Languages Coordinator at Guilford County Schools
Prof. Yi Zhou, Teaching Professor of Chinese and Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program at UNC-Chapel Hill
-This panel will be moderated by Dr. Ann Marie Gunter, World Languages Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The Duke-UNC area studies centers and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are delighted to host this panel discussion, as an aspect of our Learning-through-Languages celebration of teaching and learning.


Supporting Less-Commonly Taught Language

December 2, 2021

Supporting Less-Commonly Taught Language Teaching in North Carolina

Speaker: Various Speakers

Date: December 7, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Both to serve an increasingly diverse population in North Carolina, and to prepare students for global business and service, less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs) are important to the future of language teaching in the state. However, supporting these kinds of languages requires creative thinking and different approaches from languages that have more teaching materials available, more trained instructors, and more integration across North Carolina’s schools and universities. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the state, and different languages to discuss challenges and opportunities to support the teaching of LCTLs in North Carolina.

Our expert speakers:
Prof. Mike Turner, an Arabic instructor at UNC-Wilmington and on the NC Language Exchange
Dr. Marta McCabe, founder and president at the Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina and program coordinator for English for International Students at Duke University
Dr. Leslie Baldwin, World Languages Coordinator at Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, and adjunct instructor at Wake Forest
Prof. Jacques Pierre, lecturing fellow in Haitian Creole at Duke University
-This panel will be moderated by Prof. Ruth Gross, Professor and Department Head in Foreign Languages and Literatures at NC State University.

The Duke-UNC area studies centers and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are delighted to host this panel discussion, as an aspect of our Learning-through-Languages celebration of teaching and learning.


Cup of Green Latin America: Sustainable Coffee Production in Latin America

November 17, 2021

Cup of Green Latin America: Sustainable Coffee Production in Latin America

Speaker: Ryan Ludwig

Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Ever wonder how every teacher’s favorite caffeinated beverage can make the world more sustainable? In this session, Ryan Ludwig from Durham, NC-founded Counter Culture Coffee will discuss the importance of coffee in Latin America, how coffee is produced, and how Counter Culture Coffee and other roasters can practice environmental and social sustainability in the U.S. and in Latin America.

This event will be held virtually, for more information and to register visit the website below.


A Conversation with Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón & Kwazman Vwa

November 16, 2021

A Conversation with Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón & Kwazman Vwa

Speaker: Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón & Kwazman Vwa

Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 2:30pm EST

Please join us on November 30 at 2:30 PM EST for a conversation with Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico), who will be talking to us about his latest novel, Los días hábiles (Destino, 2020), and all things literature. The event will be in English and held via Zoom.

Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. Palacio (2011) was a PEN Club de Puerto Rico finalist and Dicen que los dormidos (2014/2015) won the national prize Premio de Novela from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. He has published in international venues in either original or translated form, from Argentina to Turkey. He has won the Nuevas Voices prize at the Festival de la Palabra and his work has been recognized as part of Latinoamérica Viva at the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara in Mexico.

Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón was voted into the Bogotá39, naming him one of the best 39 Latin American writers under 39 by the Hay Festival in 2017.

Contact Erika V. Serrato serrato@unc.email.edu for questions.


Study Abroad- Info Sessions

October 25, 2021

Study Abroad- Info Sessions

Date:

The Study Abroad Office invites you to register now for Study Abroad Week, November 15-19! Join us virtually to learn about the exciting variety of global opportunities available to Tar Heels! Throughout the week, we’ll offer sessions on best-fit programs for students by area of study, showcase our language and culture programs, and share funding information.

Check out the webpage to view all the sessions.

Highlights
Monday, November 15 | Science Info Sessions & STEM + Language Study
Tuesday, November 16 | Languages & Cultures Info Sessions
Wednesday, November 17 | Humanities & Social Sciences Info Sessions
Thursday, November 18 | Professional School Programs & Global Internships by Honors Carolina
Friday, November 19 | Funding Sessions


Study Abroad- Language and Cultures Info Session

October 25, 2021

Study Abroad- Language and Cultures Info Session

Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM

The Study Abroad Office invites you to register now for Study Abroad Week, November 15-19! Join us virtually to learn about the exciting variety of global opportunities available to Tar Heels! Throughout the week, we’ll offer sessions on best-fit programs for students by area of study, showcase our language and culture programs, and share funding information.

Check out the webpage to view all the sessions.


Faculty Fellow Presentation: Alfonso Teofilo Brown

October 25, 2021

Faculty Fellow Presentation: Model Athlete- Alfonso Teofilo Brown and the Construciton of the Glamorous Black Athlete in 1920s Paris

Speaker: Professor Lyneise Williams

Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 3:00-4:30PM

Please join us for our annual Faculty Fellow talk, featuring Professor Lyneise Williams (Dept of Art History). Exploring the 1927 photographic of Black Panamanian boxer Alfonso Teofilo Brown, Professor Williams will discuss how notions of glamour, celebrity, and masculinity intersect with race, technology and sports to generate an enduring media type of the glamorous black athlete.


‘Esteem thy Neighbors:’ The United States and Central America

October 25, 2021

‘Esteem thy Neighbors:’ The United States and Central America

Speaker: Colonel John C. McKay

Date: November 2, 2021
Time: 6 PM

Colonel John C. McKay, USMC (retired) was appointed from the ranks to the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. He served two combat tours in Vietnam and was subsequently appointed at US Naval Attaché to the republic of El Salvador. Among his postings include the Cuban-Haitian migrant transference out of Guantánamo and service with the Drug Enforcement Administration working with counter-narcotics in Mexico and Central America. Selected as an Olmsted Scholar, he studied two years at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Latin America at California State University at Sacramento.


Southern Skies: Stories from Latin America

October 13, 2021

Southern Skies: Stories from Latin America

Date: November 13, 2021
Time: 9:00AM
Address: 250 E Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Humans have looked at the night sky for thousands of years to understand the world around us. Take a journey inside the Morehead Planetarium Dome to see Latin American skies and listen to stories from indigenous Inca, Maya, and Kaxinawá communities. These stories will be available in Spanish and English languages.

This event is best for grades K-8 and tickers are $3 per person. Tickets are available at go.unc.edu/SouthernCielos.

Américas Award Event

October 4, 2021

Celebration of Children’s and Young Adult Latin American and Latinx Literature

Speaker: Angela Burke Kunkel, Aida Salazar and Yamile Saied Méndez

Date: October 11, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
Address: Virtual

Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature. Hear from authors and illustrators amplifying stories and voices from across Latin American and Latinx communities. We invite families, educators, and students to take part in this unique celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The Zoom webinar will feature award-winning authors Angela Burke Kunkel (Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built), Aida Salazar (Land of the Cranes), and Yamile Saied Méndez (Furia).

Check out the event on Américas Book Award’s Facebook page.

The Américas Awards are administered by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and coordinated by both Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.