Global Languages and Cultures (GLC) Workshop - February 21-22, 2020

Collage of World FlagsAt Lawrence, we know that “global” doesn’t mean “universal.” It means learning the skills to think, speak, and engage sensitively, intelligently, and effectively in cultures unlike our own.

Experiment with new languages. Reflect on cultural differences. Imagine a future in global engagement.

Participants in the Lawrence University GLC Workshop will work with Lawrence professors and students from the following disciplines:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Global Studies, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Workshop Activities

Students and Professor in front of religious building in SenegalAt this workshop, you will have opportunities to engage in the following activities:

• An “immersion” experience in a foreign language
• A demonstration of culture-specific gestures in several different cultures
• A mini-festival of foreign film shorts
• A session describing study abroad experiences
• A choice of cultural activities that may include:

o Trying your hand at Chinese calligraphy
o Creating your own fairy tale based on cultural elements
o Learning to read and write the Cyrillic alphabet
o Performing a short play
o Learning a game typical of a specific cultural tradition

• A discussion of how different languages taught at Lawrence can enrich intellectual, cultural, and professional life after graduation

Where do students stay while on campus?

Participants will be housed with host students, usually language majors or minors themselves. This gives participants a chance to meet peers with whom they would work and study should they choose to attend Lawrence. There are also activities planned outside of the workshop that give them opportunities to get acquainted with one another. Participants generally arrive on Friday afternoon and stay until Saturday afternoon when the workshop ends.

Two students standing outside.

More About Lawrence and the Language Departments

More detailed information about the Departments can be found the departmental home pages. The following links should be of particular interest to those contemplating participation in this workshop.

Questions? Want to apply?

For any questions, contact Brendan Nabozny, Admissions Counselor & GLC Workshop Coordinator.  To apply for the GLC Workshop, please submit your Statement of Interest form after applying for admission.