Feb 28 @ 12:00 am – Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm


This year’s festival is virtual! You will have access to watch these films at the comfort of your own home in the week leading up to the live and virtual discussions.

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Language Acquisition Planning: Social Actors Across Scales @ Online Event
Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages:
3:00 PM

Please RSVP at for Zoom link

In this talk, I revisit language acquisition planning from a scalar perspective (e.g., De Costa & Canagarajah, 2016; Hogan-Brun & Hogan, 2013; Hult, 2016; Larsen-Freeman, 2018), reflecting on how all educational stakeholders are involved with language planning decisions. In his book Language Planning and Social Change, Cooper (1989) added language acquisition planning as a fundamental type of planning alongside corpus and status planning. The successful management of language form (corpus) and language function (status), he offered, requires careful planning about language learning in order to develop capacities for individual language use in social context.
Drawing on a body of research about what can be characterized as situated language policy and planning (Hult, 2014, 2017; Siiner, Hult & Kupisch, 2018), I explore how language acquisition planning goes beyond curricula to encompass the full range of decision-making by educational stakeholders including teachers and students (e.g., Hult, 2018; Menken & García, 2010), parents and families (e.g., Smith-Christmas, 2016), and other community members (e.g., McCarty, 2011). I use examples from a variety of studies to demonstrate how language acquisition planning is relevant for these different stakeholders. I conclude with suggestions for raising awareness about language acquisition planning in the training of teachers and administrators and in outreach to parents and communities.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Francis M. Hult is Professor and director of the TESOL program
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has
published widely in the areas of educational linguistics, language
policy, and multilingualism. His recent books include Research
Methods in Language Policy and Planning (with Johnson) and
Language Policy and Language Acquisition Planning (with Siiner
and Kupisch). He is editor of the Educational Linguistics book
series for Springer, and together with Ofelia García he edits the
Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series for De

Inclusive Language in the Classroom
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

RCS DEI Committee Presents:

Inclusive Language in the Classroom

March 11th, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST

Via Zoom: Register in advance.

The RCS DEI Committee is pleased to host its second event of the semester. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, March 11 from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) as we hear from panelists’ experiences with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in teaching romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish).

We will be hosting Dr. Kris Knisely (Assistant Professor, Dep. of French and Italian, University of Arizona), Sara Galli (PHD Candidate, Laurentian University), Mohammad Jamali (PHD Candidate, University of Toronto), Josh Higdon (Undergraduate student in University of Richmond (he’s majoring in Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, University of Richmond). They will share their experience with gender neutrality and gender-inclusive language in the curriculum and syllabi at different language levels. They will also share about challenges encountered in the classroom regarding student’s identity negotiation and self-expression while teaching and learning romance languages.

An open discussion with faculty, staff, and students will be facilitated after their brief panel presentations.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Flyer for Inclusive Language in the Classroom, March 11th, 4PM EST
Flyer for Inclusive Language in the Classroom, March 11th, 4PM EST
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Nikita Gale | March 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below. pw: mutants

Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, Alaska; lives and works in Los Angeles) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California and holds a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeological Studies from Yale University and earned an MFA in New Genres at UCLA. Gale’s practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects and the ways these objects gesture towards particular social and political histories. Gale uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems. For Gale, the term “reproduction” is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology, and the organic.

On a more physical register, Gale’s work points to the ways that many technologies can be understood as instruments that extend or amplify the body through a relationship to touch. Reproduction connects humans to a desire for extension and amplification both biologically and through industrial processes. By engaging with materials that have properties that are simultaneously acoustic and protective, Gale’s recent work considers the role of the audience as a social arena and examines the ways in which silence and noise function as political positions and conditions.

Nikita’s work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York); LACE (Los Angeles); Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); Matthew Marks Gallery (Los Angeles); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Rodeo Gallery (London); Ceysson & Benetiere (Paris); and in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Gale’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art21, AQNB, Frieze, Vogue, and Flash Art. Nikita currently serves on the Board of Directors for GREX, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

For more information about Nikita Gale and their work, please visit their website.

Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece
Mar 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece

Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece
Tuesday, March 23rd, 12:30-2:30 pm | Register Here

The Third Perspective on the Holocaust: Non-Jews and the German Murder of their Jewish Neighbours

Historians write about the Holocaust generally from the perspectives of the German perpetrators or the Jewish victims. This means that they miss the vital non-Jewish perspective, in particular the national and local governments that played an important role in facilitating the German murder of their Jewish citizens. This talk will explore non-Jewish involvement in the murder of the Greek Jews of Salonika, the city in which 70% of Greece’s Jewish population lived on the eve of World War II.

Andrew Apostolou is the first historian to have written about Greek Christian collaboration during the Holocaust in Greece in an academic journal. He earned his DPhil from St. Antony’s, Oxford, for “The Exception of Salonika: Greek Christian Reactions to the Holocaust” (forthcoming as a monograph).

A City against Its Citizens? Thessaloniki and the Jews

The presentation will focus on the reactions of Thessaloniki’s city authorities as the Holocaust was unfolding. In so doing, it seeks to answer the questions: did the Christian society stand up for the defense of the city’s Jews and did they try to undermine or object to the Nazi orders? Using archives from the City of Thessaloniki and several other sources, five case studies will be presented: the renaming of the streets with Jewish names prior to the deportations; the city’s involvement with the destruction of the Jewish cemetery; the use by the city of Jewish slave labor; the replacing of the Jewish employees in the municipality of Thessaloniki; and the acquisition of Jewish property.

Leon Saltiel holds a PhD in Contemporary Greek History from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and has received postdoctoral fellowships at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Revisiting Bystanders, Rescuers and Collaborators: Social Distancing and Social Networks in Thessaloniki before and during the Holocaust

The paper will examine the importance of prewar ‘social distancing’, i.e. the cultural, class and linguistic barriers between Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki, in relation to the low probability of survival (4%) among the members of the community. The paper will then analyze the various networks of survival based on prewar social ties and relations (cultural linguistic, class). What kind of social capital did prewar relations create and was it important for increasing the possibility of survival?

Giorgos Antoniou is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He currently holds the Chair of Jewish Studies and is a member of European Holocaust Research Infrastructure and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. His current research interests include the study of contemporary antisemitism in Greece, datasets and demographics of the Thessaloniki Jewish community, survival and social networking, and the commemoration of the Holocaust in Greece.

Nailing the Online Interview @ Online Event
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nailing the Online Interview @ Online Event

In this workshop, we share the ins and outs of online interviewing so that you can tackle this conversation with confidence, knowing that you’ve done what you can to make the best possible first impression.   Even if you’re not on the job market now, learning these skills will let you practice and hone your approach for maximum impact when you interview for your dream job! Read more and register here.

Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Amanda Ross-Ho | March 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below. pw: mutants

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work draws from a broad hierarchy of structures, mapping connectivity within the overlapping ecologies of personal and universal phenomena. Her evolving personal language combines forensic and theatrical gestures, diagramming the reflexive relationships between production, presentation, and the social contracts of viewership. Her sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and most recently, public works have been exhibited widely, nationally, and internationally.

Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Roski School of Art, University of Southern California.  Solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium, The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg, Netherlands, the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, The Approach, London, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Group exhibitions include Artists Space, New York, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. In 2013 she debuted her first large-scale commissioned public work at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and in 2015, she presented a new large-scale sculpture commission in City Hall Park, New York City through the Public Art Fund. Ross-Ho’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, Art + Auction, and Frieze among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

For more information about Amanda Ross-Ho and their work, please visit their website.

Fulbright US Student Program Information Session for Language Students @ Online
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fulbright US Student Program Information Session for Language Students @ Online

MSU students and recent graduates are invited to this Fulbright information session, which will be presented by MSU’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Joy Campbell. The most common Fulbright programs to which MSU students and recent graduates apply are administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and funded by the US Department of State. Participants will learn about the English Teaching Assistant, Open Study, and Research grants offered by IIE. The presenter will give an overview of the programs, discuss eligibility and benefits, then cover the various application requirements. Information specifically for students studying, majoring in, and minoring in world languages will also be shared, including special Fulbright opportunities for those proficient in foreign languages.

The session will be a Zoom meeting, as opposed to a webinar, so there will be opportunities for interaction and ample time for Q&A.

Passcode: Fulbright
Meeting ID: 914 5836 5808
For more information, explore the MSU Fulbright website, and contact Joy Campbell with any questions.
Tanner Woodford Visiting Designer Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tanner Woodford Visiting Designer Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

Tanner Woodford | Thursday, March 25| Virtual on Zoom | 6pm

Tanner Woodford is the founder and executive director of the Design Museum of Chicago. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and makes Iterative Work. His research includes design issues, social change, and design history. His belief that design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition is rooted in all of his pursuits. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

To join please register using the link below:

SoSLAP: Digital Presence 2: Social Networking @ Online Event
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

“Digital Presence 2: Social Networking” with Dr. Ryan Bowles

Dr. Ryan Bowles from Human Development and Family Studies will lead a relatively informal discussion designed to help Applied Linguistics and Behavioral Science students and faculty think about how Twitter can be used for professional networking purposes. The session will focus on how Twitter can be used to build professional connections with voices in the field, keep current on research and professional development opportunities, and disseminate your own research to a Twitter-connected audience. Whether you already have an established Twitter presence or are looking to get started, all are welcome! There is no cost to attend.

This event will take place on Friday, March 26 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM.

Please complete this form to officially register for this event: SoSLAP will send Zoom meeting details to registered participants on March 25. Questions? Contact