DATE: Saturday August 29
TIME: 10am CDT
WHERE: Online (Google+ and Youtube)
Join a conversation about Languages and Communities with Richard Benton, PhD (Language Activist and Polyglot), Julie Knopp (Director of City Stay) and Nouchie Xiong (Board Member at City Stay)
You can send your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send questions during the show on Google+, Youtube or by sending a Tweet with the hashtag #epcshow
Richard Benton, PhD (https://lovinglanguage.wordpress.com/)
Richard loves to learn languages and teach about learning languages and about cultures. In his blog he conveys his thoughts about the whys and hows of language-learning.
He has been learning and speaking languages extensively inside and outside academia. He is fluent in four languages (Russian, Ukrainian, French, German), highly proficient in three (Spanish, Moroccan Arabic,Lebanese Arabic), and proficient at a basic level in two (Dutch, Modern Hebrew). He has reading abilities in Ancient Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic, Ancient Greek, and Italian.
He has a BA in linguistics and a PhD in linguistics and Ancient Hebrew. He has worked seven years teaching at the university level in three countries, and has taught English to non-native speakers in classroom and informal settings. He has lived extensively (five months or more) in three countries: France, Ukraine,Morocco; and on extended stays (one month or more) in two others: Germany,Lebanon.
Julie Knopp (Director of City Stay http://www.mycitystay.org/) brings diverse professional experiences in education and community outreach to City Stay. For five years, she served as a coordinator and developer for Peace House, a Minneapolis house of hospitality that encourages constructive public dialogues. She has also worked as a bilingual (Spanish-English) educator at Minneapolis Public Schools and Autism Comprehensive Educational Services in El Paso, Texas. She currently runs extended learning programming at Lake Nokomis Community Schools, serving approximately 200 children and offering dozens of academic and enrichment classes on a daily basis. Julie also serves as an international consultant for Ivy League Consulting, a Tokyo-based company assisting foreign students applying to American high schools, colleges, and graduate schools. Julie earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College and completed master’s coursework on religious dialogue at Yale University.