LLC Events 2023-2024

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Speaker Series: Leah Shagam N'Diaye, Executive Coach & Management Consultant, Lion's Tooth Leadership

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, lunch 12:00-12:30, presentation and Q&A 12:30-1:30pm

How does foreign langauge acquisition set you up for the future? What skill sets are employers looking for that foreign language learning demonstrates? Leah will share her story and inspire you to think about languages differently. She hopes you walk away with a new perspective on how to apply language learning to your life and career.


Speaker Series: Dr. Keith Brown, Arizona State University

Monday, April 1st, 2024, lunch 12:00-12:30, presentation and Q&A 12:30-1:30pm

The LLC, in conjunction with the Department of Languages, Cultures, & Literatures and with support from the Ortiz Center, hosted Dr. Keith Brown for a talk about public scholarhip. Dr. Brown is the Director of the Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. A video of the presentation is here.


ASL Game Night

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, 4:00-6:00pm

The Signed Language Interpreting Program hosted a fun afternoon of games in American Sign Language (ASL) on Feb. 22, 2024.


The Art of Useless: Ma Ke's Fashion, Jia Zhangke's Documentary, and Chinese Consumer Culture, Dr. Calvin Hui, William & Mary

Friday, February 16th, 2024, 12:00-2:00pm


In this talk, Dr. Hui presented a critical analysis of Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke and her fashion exhibit Useless (2007) and Jia Zhangke’s documentary film Useless (2007). To purchase the book, click here.

Exploring the Professional Value of Language Study Beyond Academia, Natalie Spencer, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

Monday, February 5th, 2024, 12:00-1:00pm  

UNM alumna Natalie Spencer visited the LLC on February 5th to share her story of how studying language and culture paved the way for her "accidental" career path in international exchange and diplomacy. If you missed it, you can watch the video here.


Branding the City: Instrumentalizing Difference in Lisbon's Mouraria - Dr. Catalina Iannone, The Ohio State University

November 6th, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

This talk explores the discursive patterns driving the branding of Iberian cities in the era of the 2008 global financial collapse, with special attention to their expression in historically disenfranchised districts of the region’s capital cities. A video of the presentation is here.


Learnifying Gaming through Language Learning Video Games

Isabel Last, Creator of Faena, a Spanish language learning video game

October 11th, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm


Since the 1500's, second language learning has been steeped in grammar, memorization, and translation. As the need to speak multiple languages arises alongside globalization, Isabel Last has begun her work on a language learning solution that would focus on learning to conversationally speak as well as provide all motivation for learning a language within a single product. The result is Faena, a language learning video game in development that uses voice-recognition and narrative based gameplay in a game world that can better accurately represent the wildly complex and diverse aspects of teaching languages and cultures. A video of the presentation is here

Revitalizing Indigenous Languages - Antonia Carcelén-Estrada 

September 27th, 2023, 3:00-4:00pm


On Wednesday, September 27th, Antonia Carcelén-Estrada gave a presentation on one area of her expertise, the revitalization of indigenous languages. A video of the talk is here.

LLC Latin American Cultural Event

September 21st, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

On Thursday, September 21st, local Latin band Baracutanga played in front of the SUB (east side) from 12:00-1:00pm. They put on a great show so be on the lookout for other local gigs!