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ACTFL Announces Keynote and Closing Speakers for 2019 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

CONTACT: Julia Richardson
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ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce BBC anchor Katty Kay as the Opening General Session Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, DC.

Katherine “Katty” Kay is a British journalist, author, and broadcaster. Her experience includes serving as the BBC Zimbabwe correspondent and working for both BBC World Service radio in London and 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 MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Kay will deliver her talk on The Importance of Language and Culture on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

ACTFL is also excited to announce the addition of a Closing General Session Speaker, Christopher Emdin, to this year’s program. Dr. Emdin is an assistant professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He 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. The Closing General Session speaker at the 2019 ACTFL Convention in Washington, DC is uniquely qualified to address the topic: 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, Emdin is also the founder of the popular #HipHopEd web chat and social movement and a leading researcher of Hip-Hop, science, and education. His session will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

“I am very excited that ACTFL Convention attendees will experience Katty Kay and Chris Emdin as our Opening Keynote and Closing General Session speakers”, said Lisa Ritter, ACTFL President. “The messages they will bring of empowerment, inclusion and diversity, as well as interculturality, are very timely and uniquely fit our audience.”

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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Monday, April 15, 2019