The inaugural convocation marked the launch of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the Fall of 2015. The academic year 2018/2019 has brought exciting progress in curriculum development and student recognition. We have much news to share with you and we will again feature exceptional speakers to deliver keynotes.
The fifth annual convocation will celebrate the creativity and achievement of alumni whose language majors made a difference in their lives and careers - please join us on Thursday, August 29, 2018, in the Ballroom of the Kansas Memorial Union!
Marc L. Greenberg, Director KU, SLLC
Marc L. Greenberg is Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Director of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at KU. A specialist in historical Slavic linguistics, Professor Greenberg has served as a departmental chair and associate dean as well as serves on boards of several journals, as well as other educational and non-profit organizations. He has lectured in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan and has published numerous articles and books, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Brill Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics. He has received Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, IREX, ACLS, and other fellowships and awards. In 2017 he was inducted as a Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Carl Lejuez, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Carl W. Lejuez was named interim provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas in spring 2018 and began his responsibilities on April 30, 2018. He began his tenure at the University of Kansas as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU on Feb. 1, 2016. Prior to joining KU, Lejuez was professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Terrell J. Starr, Senior Reporter, The Root
Terrell Jermaine Starr is the senior reporter at The Root, an Afrocentric progressive online magazine. Prior to that, he worked for FUSION as a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential campaign. He lived in Ukraine as a Fulbright fellow, and Georgia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Starr has over four years of experience living in the former Soviet Union and more than eight years working as a reporter. Starr uses his media skills to break down Russia-U.S. relations in ways that make him not sound like a Washington hack. He is a frequent commentator on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post. During the Convocation, Mr. Starr will be interviewed by Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nicole Hodges Persley.
Nicole Hodges Persley, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Dean Nicole Hodges Persley works to build proactive efforts to ensure attention to DEI concerns at the institutional and individual level. Professor Hodges Persley is a sought-after campus facilitator and speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. She is an award-winning teacher, mentor and community leader whose scholarship and creative work offer important strategies to address racial and social injustice.
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5th Annual Convocation
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Ball Room, Kansas Union
KU Lawrence Campus
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045