September 6, 2013

Lecture Series: Language Matters: Wisconsin and the World

The Language Institute announces a yearlong lecture series featuring talks by leading UW-Madison faculty whose research explores language from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

Unless noted otherwise, talks are scheduled for 5:00 pm on the first Monday of the month in the Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall.

Wisconsin Talk: Engaging the Public’s Interest in Language
5:00 pm, Monday, September 9 (2nd Monday of the month)
Thomas Purnell, Department of English
Eric Raimy, Department of English; Department of Linguistics
Joseph Salmons, Department of German

On (Mostly) Absent and (Sometimes) Present 'End of Life' Conversations in Oncology: Observations about the Local Social Order in Cancer Clinics
5:00 pm, Monday, October 7
Douglas Maynard, Department of Sociology

Languaging Across (Disciplinary and Transnational) Borders: Literacies and Learning for Global Youth
5:00 pm, Monday, November 4
Margaret Hawkins, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Collegiate Foreign Language Teacher Development: Challenges and Strategies in Meeting the MLA's Call for Change
5:00 pm, Monday, December 2
Heather Willis Allen, Department of French and Italian

Language and Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts
4:00 pm*, Monday, February 3
Katrina Daly Thompson, Department of African Languages and Literature
*note time

Linguistic Cues to Deception and Trust in Online Environments
5:00 pm, Monday, March 3
Catalina Toma, Department of Communication Arts

A Fountain of Cognitive Youth? The Effects of Bilingual Proficiencies on Cognitive Aging
5:00 pm, Monday, April 7
Catherine Stafford, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Beyond Nature versus Nurture: Changing Views of Infant Language Development
5:00 pm, Monday, May 5
Jenny Saffran, Department of Psychology

This series is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Language Institute, with support from the Anonymous Fund.

For more information go to

Johnson, W. 2013-14 Language Institute Lecture Series: Language Matters: Wisconsin and the World. Outreach_k12 listserv (, 6 Sep 2013).

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