Conference: Humanities Plus

Symposium outcome

Articulate a clear strategy for integrating the humanities in the professional world.


Thursday, 30 January


Introductory remarks, 9:00-10:45 (4010 JFSB)

  • Tony Brown (Associate Professor of Russian, Brigham Young University)
  • John Rosenberg (Dean of the College of Humanities, Brigham Young University)
  • Matthew Wickman (Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University and Founding Director of the BYU Humanities Center)
  • Irwin Weil (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University and Co-Founder of the Russian-American Center for American Studies at Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)
  • Marina Kaul (Vice-Director of the Russian-American Academic Center for American Studies at Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)

Break, 10:45-11:00


Presentations, 11:00-1:00

  • Speaker: Scott Sprenger (Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of French Studies at Brigham Young University)

Title: Crisis? What Crisis?  The Humanities in the 21st Century

  • Speaker: Hans Fenstermacher (CEO of Global and Localization Association)

Title: The New Oil: How Languages Drive Everything in the 21st Century

  • Speaker: Sam Eisen (Director of NSEP and Language Flagship Programs)

Title: The Language Flagship Model:  Impact of Results and Professional Training for the Humanities

Lunch, 1:00-2:00 (4188 JFSB)


Presentations, 2:00-4:00

  • Speaker: William Rivers (Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Language and International Studies)

Title: Language and Cultural Competence as Foundational 21st Century Skills: The Intersection of Technology, Information, and Language

  • Speaker: John Grandin (Professor Emeritus of German and Founder/Past Director of the International Engineering Program at University of Rhode Island)

Title: URI’s International Engineering Program:  Bridging the Gap between Technology and the Humanities

  • Speaker: Galal Walker (Professor of Chinese and Director of the National East Asian Languages Resource Center at The Ohio State University)

Title: Routinizing Advanced Foreign Language Training Successes Through the Humanities


Dinner, 6:00-8:00 (Tony Brown residence, 4994 N. Canyon Rd., Provo, Utah 84604)


Friday, 31 January


Presentations, 9:00-11:00 (4010 JFSB)

  • Speaker: Grant Newman (Advisor for International Programs, Department of International Development at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

Title: From a Language of Service to a Language of Professional Development

  • Speaker: James Bernhardt (Director of the Division of Near East, Central, and South Asian Languages, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State and Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian at Northern Virginia Community College)

Title: Thoughts on High-Level Proficiency in Arabic, Russian and English with a Platitudinous Postlude and a Slight Chance of Aporia

  • Speakers: Tony Brown, Dan Dewey, Troy Cox (Brigham Young University)

Title: Assessing the Validity of Self-Assessment


Break, 11:00-11:15


Presentations, 11:15-1:00

  • Speaker: Cathy Doughty (Area Director, Second Language Acquisition, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language)

Title: Tailored Language Training

  • Speaker: John Rosenberg (Dean of the College of Humanities, Brigham Young University)

Title: Building an Environment for Higher Learning


Lunch, 1:00-2:00 (4186 JFSB)


Wrap up discussion, 2:00-4:00

  • The way forward
  • Knowledge gaps to fill
  • Volunteers to conduct research
  • Article submissions to Russian Language Journal


Dinner, 6:30-8:30 (Foundry Grill at Sundance)


Advisory committee

Michael Hora (Board of Directors, American Councils for International Education)


Gregg Newby (Government Deputy Director, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language)

Catherine Porter (Professor Emerita, SUNY Cortland, Past President (2009), Modern Language Association)

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