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The inaugural convocation marked the launch of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the Fall of 2015. This historic event laid the foundation for KU’s strong regional and national prominence in foreign-language and cultural education. During the academic year 2015/2016, we've established a strong global presence and elevated KU's unique position in foreign-language education. 

The 2016 event marked the first anniversary of the school and celebrated the conclusion of an impactful first year. Revisit the 2nd annual Convocation as we commemorate our achievements and take a look at the goals and challenges ahead.

Speakers

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, and Europe, has published numerous articles and books, and serves as a journal editor. He has received Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, IREX, ACLS, and other fellowships and awards.

Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas

As chancellor, Gray-Little is the chief executive officer of the university, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Salina, and Wichita, as well as research and educational centers in Hays, Parsons, Pittsburg, Topeka, and Yoder. In 2013, Gray-Little was named to the executive committees of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is also on the board of trustees for the Online Computer Library Center, an international organization dedicated to expanding public access to information and research. Prior to becoming KU’s 17th chancellor, Gray-Little held leadership positions at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, including executive vice chancellor and provost.

Carl Lejuez, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Carl W. Lejuez began his tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU on Feb. 1, 2016. Most recently, Lejuez was professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. Lejuez was chosen as dean after a national search to succeed Danny Anderson.Lejuez has received several early career research awards including two from the American Psychological Association, in Division 3 for experimental psychology (applied) and Division 50 for addictions. Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences honored him in 2006 with its Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching and Mentorship Award. Lejuez earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and he completed his clinical internship at the Brown University Clinical Training Consortium.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., began his tenure as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District on July 1, 2015. Previously, he served as Superintendent/President of Solano Community College District. Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D., in Educational Leadership for college and university administration, a Master’s of Science in Education in School Administration and a Master’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a Certificate in Mathematics and Physics Education from l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Clinton Robinson, Director of State & Local Government Affairs, Black & Veatch Corporation 

Clint Robinson is an Associate Vice President and serves as the Director of State & Local Government Affairs for Black & Veatch Corporation. He has worked for Black & Veatch Corporation since 1984 and is a Professional Engineer registered in Kansas and Missouri. He is also fluent in Spanish. His professional engineering history includes over 25 years of project related work in the water/wastewater engineering field. Five of those years were spent managing a successful operation in our office in Miami, FL for water related services in South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Clint has managed work in all but a few of the Latin American and Caribbean countries in his 10 years of working there. Mr. Robinson is great-grandson of David H. Robinson, “Lawrence’s Linguist,” one of KU’s 3 founding faculty. 

 

    2nd Annual Convocation

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    3:00 to 6:00 pm

    Ball Room, Kansas Union

    KU Lawrence Campus

 

 

 


Giving

Diversity

Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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