Beyond Babel: The Survival of Language Programs in the Current Economy

Sat, November 6, 2010 | GEB 3.312

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Beyond Babel:  The Survival of Language Programs in the Current Economy

Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
GEB 3.312

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In a climate of shrinking educational budgets and threatened academic programs, language instructors are compelled to seek ways to keep our courses productive and vibrant with fewer resources. This minisymposium brings together two nationally-known language specialists to present their thoughts on the current situation and ways for us as instructors to survive this difficult period. A panel discussion including some of UT’s own language faculty will continue the discussion, and field questions from the audience.


“Policies, Purposes, and Programs: Re-envisioning  World Language Instruction in the Context of Budgetary Constraints”

Dr. Benjamin Rifkin,
Dean of the School of Culture and Society and Professor of Modern Languages (Russian) at the College of New Jersey

“A Case Study of Surviving and Thriving”

Dr. Elizabeth Bernhardt,
The John Roberts Hale Director of the Language Center and Professor of German Studies at Stanford University

These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

Parking Information

Click here for a map of the area near the Gebauer Building

If you have any kind of UT parking pass, on weekends you can park in the lot behind Gebauer beside the greenhouse (Lot 14). To get there, turn off Guadalupe onto W 24th St. Turn right into the Inner Campus Drive just before T. S. Painter Hall (PAI).

If you do not have a parking pass, the closest garage is the San Antonio Parking Garage at 2420 San Antonio Street. Turn off Guadalupe onto 24th St., then take a right onto San Antonio St. and a left into the garage.

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