April 26-27, 2019 | Wesleyan University | Fisk Hall, 262 High St, Middletown, CT

The Power of Language Conference seeks to bring together multilingual students with students of foreign languages in an attempt to knit together the multilingual community on Wesleyan’s campus in order to recognize their efforts in and outside of the classroom, in curricular and co-curricular activities.

The inaugural conference, “2018 The Power of Language” shone a brilliant light on the accomplishments of students in Wesleyan’s foreign language classrooms as well as multilingualism among the Wesleyan student body more generally.

Highlights from the 2nd Annual Power of Language Conference:


  • Friday, April 26, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 pm-5:00 pm   Welcome to Power of Language Conference II


    5:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Language Alumni Panel

    • Aaron Shield ‘99 (Italian, ASL) 
    • Max Hadler ‘03 (Spanish, Portuguese, Kichwa)
    • Ruth Lazenby ‘10 (French)
    • Judy Her ‘13 (Korean, Chinese) 
    • Emma Kemler ‘15 (Spanish)
    • Austin Barvin ‘15 (Russian)
    • Molly Zuckerman ‘16 (Russian)
    • Lucy Rubin ‘17 (Japanese)
    • Isabella Corletto ‘18 (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)
    • Sasha Guo ‘18 (Korean) 
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    8:30 am-9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

    9:15 am-9:30 am Opening Remarks

    9:30 am-10:30 am  Panel 1: Creative Language Learning

    • Prof. Abderrahman Aissa Second Language Acquisition: Strategies for learning vocabulary through word, phrase and image association
    • Kaidi Chen | Cultural Experiences and Performances in Chinese Classroom 
    • Ariel Deutsch and Sophie Mann-Shafir | WeScoprire: Project-based Learning
    • Judy Duran Alumna ‘13 | Digital Stories Project: Student Voice & Language and Literacy Development


    10:45 am-11:30 am Panel 2: Language and Society

    • Maya Freda Bernstein-Schalet, Shaya Tousi, Prof. Fereshteh Ganjavi (University of New Haven) The Persian Language and Iranian Culture
    • Cristine Khan Alumna ’13 | Questioning the Role of Native English Speakers in International Language Education


    11:45 am-12:30 pm Panel 3: Crossing Time and Border Through Translation

    • Benjamin Sarraille | A Song of Ilium: Translating Homer's Iliad
    • Ana Rodíguez Santory | A Kaleidoscopic Lens: A Dialogue of Languages
    • Richard Mackin | Millenia of Speaking of Nothing: Translating, and Transliteration of Buddhist Chants

    12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch Break

    •  Living in a Hearing World: A Conversation on ASL, Deaf Culture, and Neurodiversity Inclusion

    1:30 pm-2:15 pm Panel 4: Language in Curriculum

    • Katherine Lahti | Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum
    • Catherine Kiall | “A Liberal Education Without Latin?”: Latin in American Secondary Schools
    • Kiyo Saso and Victoria Bianchi | ¿Convivencia o conflicto?: Las tres culturas de la España medieval a traves del arte


    2:30 pm-3:15 pm Panel 5: Arabic in the U.S.

    • Prof. Abderrahman Aissa, Yousef Al Harbi, Daniel Atik, and Michael Acosta | What is the current status of Arabic Language in the US?”: Arabic Language from four perspectives


    3:30 pm-4:30 pm Panel 6: Polyphony Through Literature

    • Rachel Williams | Translation across Time/Space: Translating Literary Works from the Early Modern into Today
    • Alessandro Sassi and Casimir Fulleylove-Golob | Inferno Canto 1: Freshman Year
    • Quentin Tan | Representing the Polyphony of Tongues in Literature


    4:30 pm-5:00 pm Closing Remarks

  • Our Sponsors

    This conference is made possible with the support from many offices, centers, departments and organizations. We would like to express our greatest gratitudes to:

    • Fries Center for Global Studies
    • Divisional Deans 
    • Center for Pedagogical Innovation
    • Office for Equity & Inclusion
    • Romance Languages & Literatures
    • Russian Eastern European & Eurasian Studies
    • College of East Asian Studies
    • German Studies
    • Classical Studies
    • Thomas and Catherine McMahon Fund
    • Wesleyan Student Assembly
  • Contact us

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kia Lor (klor@wesleyan.edu) or any of the 2019 Conference Committee below.