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Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Opening General Session Keynote Speaker, Raghida Dergham

Raghida Dergham was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World in 2018, Arab Woman of the Year in 2017, and one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011 and again in 2016.

This is your opportunity to hear Raghida Dergham speak is on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the ACTFL 2019 Opening General Session from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. when she will give the keynote address: Dare to Differ: Empowerment, Respect, and Inclusion. Her role as an international correspondent and television commentator on global affairs in the U.S., Europe, Russia, China and the Arab world, lends itself well to address this topic.

A specialist on global strategy, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. Dergham served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum and is on the Development Advisory Committee of the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of science academies. She is also on the Advisory Committee of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Dergham has broken the glass ceiling multiple times and inspired many young women to become political commentators and analysts. She has made more than a thousand appearances as a global affairs specialist and expert on the United Nations. A frequent lecturer at universities, think tanks, and business councils, she has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Georgetown. Featured in the PBS Documentary Caught in The Crossfire, Dergham is quoted in several books in many languages.


Closing Speaker

The NEW Closing General Session Speaker, Christopher Emdin

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon you will not want to miss Chris Emdin, assistant professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual, and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequity, and education have appeared in dozens of influential publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is uniquely qualified to address Teaching and Learning from the Student’s Standpoint. Author of the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education and Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation, Dr. Emdin is also the founder of the popular #HipHopEd web chat and social movement and a leading researcher of Hip-Hop, science, and education. Just think what the tenured professor and developer of the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. might inspire you to bring to your world language classroom.


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