VILLANOVA, Pa. –The Department of Romance Languages and Literature in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomes leading Spanish language researcher Kim Potowski, PhD for a lecture entitled “No Child Left Monolingual: Why languages are of critical importance in the U.S.”
Dr. Potowski is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and the director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Chicago-Illinois. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States and she has authored or edited five books and two textbooks. She is executive editor of the international journal Spanish in Context, as well as co-editor of the Heritage Language Journal. Dr. Potowski is currently collaborating on several book projects on ethnicity and teaching. Supported by a Fulbright research and teaching grant, she is also working on a project addressing language and cultural identity among transnational youth.
The visit by Dr. Potowski highlights a busy semester of activities for the Department of Romance Languages and Literature. Other events include an open forum discussing the recent attacks in Paris, a Spring foreign language film series, and the continuing celebration of Dante Alighieri’s 750th birthday, as well as a multitude of other cultural events.
The lecture will take place on February 12 at 4pm in Room 101, Villanova School of Law. It is co-sponsored by VPAA, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Cognitive Science Program, Department of Public Administration, Writing and Rhetoric Program, College of Nursing, Law School and Office of Education Abroad.