*This event has been postponed due to the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) strike.*
This interdisciplinary symposium brings instructors, business professionals, and students together to explore the role that languages and language learning play in emerging markets. The symposium will consist of a workshop, a keynote lecture, a networking event with local businesses that have ties to international markets, and a student panel discussion. Our workshop facilitator and keynote speaker this year is Steven Sacco, who is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. His keynote lecture, entitled “Entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and traditional careers involving LCTLS,” will feature careers via three short case studies: (1) a student of Arabic at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, (2) a senior manager at the UN's World Food Programme in Tunisia and Morocco, and (3) a professor of languages who left academia to become a social entrepreneur with clients in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In the address, the speaker will also discuss the key skills identified by each professional and the road taken to pursue each career.
The schedule of the symposium will be as follows:
9:00 – 10:30 Grant writing workshop
11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Lecture
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Event with business professionals
2:00 – 3:00 Student Panel Discussion