Language as Liberation

Town Hall Series

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As a valued member of the language education community, we hope you will join us for a series of virtual Town Hall discussions. The Town Halls Series will be moderated ACTFL President L.J. Randolph Jr. The theme of the series is "Language as Liberation" and in each session attendees will engage in collaborative discussion with panelists. These events are free and open to ACTFL members and non-members.

All town halls will be moderated by ACTFL President L.J. Randoph Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Upcoming Discussions

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Topic: Equitable, Imaginative, and Justice-Centered AI in WLE

When: May 30, 2024, 7:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Carmela Scala (Rutgers University), Amanda Ramirez (Avon High School, Indiana)

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Topic: Linguistic Justice: Black, Indigenous, and Queer Languaging

When: Aug 29, 2024, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Speakers: Tasha Austin (University of Buffalo), James Coda (University of Tennessee Knoxville), Maria Datel (Boston University)

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Topic: Anticolonial/Antiracist Approaches to 'Cultures' and 'Communities'

When: Sep 26, 2024, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Speakers: Uju Anya (Carnegie Mellon University), Dorie Conlon (Glastonbury Public Schools, Connecticut), Priscilla Layne (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

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Topic: Liberation through Access: Innovative Program Models

When: Oct 24, 2024, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Speakers: Jill Landes-Lee (University of Utah)

Past Discussion Recordings

The Future of WLE Research: Transdisciplinary Connections
Recorded: April 25, 2024

Session Description: Research in world language education (WLE) stands to gain valuable insights by fostering transdisciplinary connections among related fields, such as applied linguistics, ESL, language arts, and others. These connections span diverse educational contexts (preK-12, post-secondary, etc.) as well as a variety of instructional modes (face-to-face, virtual, study abroad, etc.). Together, we will explore how transdisciplinary connections can shape a WLE research landscape that centers themes of justice and liberation.

Speakers: Aris Clemons (University of Tennessee Knoxville), Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia)