The Texas Language Center presents a discussion panel examining "Beyond Babel: The Survival of Language Programs in the Current Economy."
In a climate of shrinking educational budgets and threatened academic programs, language instructors are compelled to seek ways to keep our courses productive and vibrant with fewer resources. This minisymposium brings together two nationally-known language specialists to present their thoughts on the current situation and ways for us as instructors to survive this difficult period.
Dr. Elizabeth Bernhardt, The John Roberts Hale Director of the Language Center and Professor of German Studies at Stanford University, will discuss “A Case Study of Surviving and Thriving.”
Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, dean of the School of Culture and Society and professor of Modern Languages (Russian) at the College of New Jersey, will discuss “Policies, Purposes, and Programs: Re-envisioning World Language Instruction in the Context of Budgetary Constraints.”
These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.