Lecture: “Is Spanish a Foreign Language?” by Gwen Kirkpatrick, April 25

Thursday, April 25
6:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick, a renown Latin-Americanist and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, will be visiting our campus on Thursday, April 25. She will give a lecture addressing the Knox community entitled “Is Spanish a Foreign language? Negotiating Babel in our World” at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

Lecture Abstract:
“Demographic changes, international migrations, new trade agreements, and shifting political and economic alliances have changed our mental map of the world. While we are familiar with many of the political implications of these changes, e.g., the debates about immigration or free trade agreements, less attention has been given to the shifting cultural landscapes and multilingual soundscapes of our contemporary world. This talk will examine why approaches such as postcolonial studies, sound studies, transatlantic studies, bilingualism and world literatures have come to figure prominently in foreign language departments, and in Spanish in particular.”

Professor Kirkpatrick will also hold an informal meeting with Spanish majors and minors, along with professors at 4:00 p.m. in GDH 303. The goal of this informal discussion is to share ideas regarding the curriculum of liberal arts colleges and the challenges that instructors face when designing, developing and teaching Spanish and Spanish American literature courses, along with the challenges for students in successfully completing these courses.

Both events are co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Peace Corps Prep Program, Spanish Club, and Cultural Events Committee.