2017 Spring | The Here and Now

"Incorporating Current Events into the Language Room"
Friday, Apr.7, 2017, 2:00-4:30 pm
Fine Arts Auditorium, FA 102

Keynote: "Teaching the Crisis: Literacy, Current Events, and Language Pedagogy" by Dr. Franklin L. Hess, Senior Lecturer of Instittue of European Studies and Coordinator of the Modern Greek Program at Indiana University


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Organizing Committee

  • Renata Uzzell(Chair)
  • Laura Demsey(Vice Chair)
  • Liz McDyer(I-Team Coordinator)
  • Rodica Frimu (I-Team)
  • Noelle Brown Lindstrom (I-Team)
  • Misato Hiraga(C-Team Coordinator)
  • Aliya Sultanova (C-Team)
  • Ankurita Roy (C-Team)
  • Alana Duncan(F-Team Coordinator)
  • Rishani Merinnage De Costa (F-Team)
  • Rebecca Baumgartner (M-Team Coordinator)
  • Yewande Aluko (M-Team)
  • Yung-Yung Chang (M-Team)
  • Megan DiBartolomeo (S-Team Coordinator)
  • Ryan Lidster (S-Team)

Faculty Advising Committee

Dr. Jeff Holdeman
Slavic & East European Languages & Cultures
Director of the Global Village Living-Learning Center
Dr. Xiaojing Kou
Center for Language Excellence (CLE)


Keynote: Dr. Franklin L. Hess

Teaching the Crisis: Literacy, Current Events, and LanguagePedagogy

Senior Lecturer, Institute of European Studies
Coordinator, Modern Greek Program
Indiana University Bloomington

Franklin L.Hess is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for European Studies and the Coordinator of the Modern Greek Program at Indiana University.

In addition to teaching language courses, he also teaches courses on Greek cinema and the history andanthropology of the food cultures of Greece.

His research interests include film, television, popular culture, and immigration. In his presentation, he will explore how teaching the crisis has forced him to change his classroom praxis.

*The video contains welcome greetings.The Keynote Speech starts from 1:35

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Ryan Lidster

"Rituals as Windows into Community Identity"

Associate Instructor, Second Language Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Angel Milla Munoz


Associate Instructor, Spainish and Portugese

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Yewande Aluko

"Knowing the World and Learning the Words: Using Current Events to Build Students' Vocabulary"

FLTA, African Studies Program

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