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2022 Presidential Symposium Synopsis:
Literacy and Transformative Learning Experiences in Local and Global Contexts
Friday, October 7, 2022
Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts
A Welcome From President Sosulski
Welcome to the presidential inauguration symposium at Washington College. One of the
most powerful parts of the liberal arts experience is the experience of perspective
transformation. Encountering new ideas, new ways of seeing and being in the world,
and new ways of articulating human experience have the effect of transforming us and
causing us to grow in meaningful ways. Literacy is a crucial piece of this transformative
learning, and so we have made it the focus of today’s symposium. I am delighted to
have you join us for an interdisciplinary exploration of the transformative potential
of literacy and language learning presented by Washington College students, faculty,
and community members and our distinguished guest speaker.
The keynote of the symposium will be an address from Emory University Professor of German Hiram Maxim, Ph.D., titled “Taming the Wilds of Language Learning: Lessons from the Language Classroom and Beyond.” In much the same way that writing plays a central role in a Washington College liberal arts education, Professor Maxim’s extensive research on second language literacy development shows how opportunities to engage meaningfully in reading and writing across an extended curricular pathway can help language learners reach advanced language abilities and deepen intercultural understanding. In his address, he will discuss principles of second language development and the growing interest in language learning opportunities outside the classroom. Enjoy.
Keynote Speaker: Hiram H. Maxim
Hiram H. Maxim (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is the NEH/ Masse-Martin Distinguished Teaching Professor of German Studies and Linguistics at Emory University. His research interests lie in the general area of instructed adult second language acquisition with specific focus on pedagogical approaches and curricular models that facilitate students’ longitudinal sociolinguistic development. Recent work has included studies on genre-based pedagogy, curricular integration, and language learning in the linguistic landscape. He is joint author of the monograph Realizing Advanced Foreign Language Writing Development in Collegiate Education: Curricular Design, Pedagogy, Assessment (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and recently jointly edited a volume on language teaching in the linguistic landscape (Springer, 2020.)
It is rare to find someone who has not had an experience learning another language. However, it is also not unusual for those experiences to have been unsatisfactory or incomplete. Why is that, and does it have to be that way? This presentation will respond to this dilemma by reporting on fundamental principles of second language development and their practical implementation in the classroom. Specific examples will focus on reconciling the growing and understandable interest in exploring language learning opportunities beyond the classroom with the need to attend to the systemic nature of language.
Theo Barry ’23
Alyssa Kovacs ’23
Bridget Bunten, Ph.D.
Karen Manna, Ph.D.
Cristina Casado Presa, Ph.D.
Riley McHugh ’24
Avery Castellani ’24
Rebeca Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Dean for International Education
Sara Clarke-De Reza, Ph.D.
Patrick Nugent, Ph.D.
Cori Crane, Ph.D.
Andrew Oros, Ph.D.
Elena Deanda-Camacho, Ph.D.
Martín Ponti, Ph.D.
Nick Garcia, Ph.D.
Rachel Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Nicole Grewling, Ph.D.
Samantha Segeda ’23
Kate Gromacki ’23
Emily Steinmetz, Ph.D.
|Michael Harvey, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean, John S. Toll Associate Professor of Business Management
Julianna Sterling ’23
|David Hull, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chinese Language, Literature, and Culture
Emily Ulizio ’25