College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Convocation IV

The inaugural convocation marked the launch of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the Fall of 2015. The academic year 2017/2018 has brought exciting progress curriculum development and student recognition. We have much news to share with you and we will again feature exceptional speakers to deliver keynotes.

The fourth 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 30, 2018, in the Ballroom of the Kansas Memorial Union!

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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 General Editor 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.


Clarence Lang, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Lang began his tenure as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU on April 30, 2018. Most recently, Lang was chair of the African & African American Studies Department. Professor Lang came to KU from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate in history and was a faculty member in the Departments of African American Studies and History. As an assistant professor at Illinois, he was a Helen Corley Petit Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a Faculty Fellow with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.



Patrick Woods, Director of Talent Management & Diversity, Westar Energy

Patrick Woods is the former Director of Development for CLAS, Education Policy Advisor for Governor Sebelius, is now Director of Talent Management & Diversity for Westar Energy. He has been instrumental in advancing the Scott Spanish Dual Language Program in Topeka.



Garrett Farlow, BS Journalism, BA Political Science, BA Slavic Languages & Literatures, KU 2018

Garrett Farlow is an alumnus from Tecumseh. He completed bachelor’s degrees in journalism, political science and Slavic languages & literatures. He studied in Estonia and Kyrgyzstan, and completed an internship at the Kazakhstan Press Club. Garrett was awarded KU’s Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award, which is presented to a senior who has demonstrated loyalty to and interest in the University. He was an alternate for a Fulbright fellowship in Russia. Garrett is a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and will attend flight school in Fort Rucker, Alabama, in September 2018.


    4th Annual Convocation

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    3:30 to 6:00 pm

    Ball Room, Kansas Union

    KU Lawrence Campus



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