Spolsky to Address Language Policy at Bowen Lecture Next Week

Posted: September 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Does the United States Need a Language Policy or Is English Enough?” is the topic of the first Bowen Lecture of the 2004-05 series, sponsored by the Center for Education Policy in the College of Education and Human Development. The event takes place at the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room C. The guest speaker is Bernard Spolsky, professor emeritus, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and visiting senior research scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. A reception will begin at 4 p.m.

Spolsky has been associated with the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland since 1991 and the Center for Advanced Study of Language since its creation last year. He also served as professor of linguistics, anthropology, and elementary education, as well as dean of the Graduate School, at the University of New Mexico. While there, he was active in Navajo educational linguistics. In 1980, he became professor of English at Bar-Ilan University, then served as dean of humanities and retired in 2000 as professor emeritus. A prolific writer and editor, Spolsky is editor in chief of the journal Language Policy and publications director and editor in chief for the Asian Association of Teach English as a Foreign Language. He was educated at Victoria University, Auckland Teachers Training College, and the University of Montreal.

The Bowen Lecture Series began in 2002 to honor the contributions of Larry Bowen, former dean of the Graduate School of Education. For additional information, contact Penny Earley at 703-993-3361 or pearley@gmu.edu.

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