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Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Opening General Session Keynote Speaker, Katherine "Katty" Kay

British journalist, author, and broadcaster Katty Kay will bring a global perspective to the Opening General Session of the 2019 ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, DC on Friday, November 22 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Her keynote address on The Importance of Language and Culture will be based on her years with the BBC as the Zimbabwe correspondent, on BBC World Service radio in London, and on BBC News television in Tokyo. The co-author of Womenomics and The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know also speaks fluent French and Italian. Kay currently presents BBC World News America and co-hosts Beyond 100 Days on BBC Four,the BBC News and BBC World News, and appears weekly on NBC News in Morning Joe. Kay is such an appropriate way to kick off the Convention! She will be signing copies of her books at ACTFL Central in the Exhibit Hall following her keynote address.


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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