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Multicultural Focus Breeds Collaboration

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Professor Agnes He (center) with students she has mentored in intercultural communication at this year’s URECA celebration.
Professor Agnes He (center) with students she has mentored in intercultural communication at this year’s URECA celebration.

To capitalize on Stony Brook’s expertise in multilingual and intercultural communication, Agnes He, professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian and Asian-American Studies, has founded the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication (MIC). The MIC center is one of the newest cross-disciplinary, interdepartmental efforts that will bring faculty, students and the community together through publications, special programs, research projects and a Distinguished Lecture Series.

“The multilingual composition of the University and our location in the New York City metropolitan area give added relevance and significance to developing Stony Brook as the center for research on multi­lingual and intercultural communication,” He said.

One of the first MIC center research projects focuses on “the ways in which young adult heritage or bilingual speakers use multiple languages through digital media to create, maintain and modify social networks with friends and families and participate in the consumption of news, entertainment and online scholarly information across national and cultural boundaries,” He explained. “This will provide a basis for our development of productive resources for heritage and foreign language literacy education in today’s global and digital context.”

For more information, visit stonybrook.edu/mic.

Distinguished Lecture Series
Fall 2014 Speakers
(Times and locations to be announced. All events are free and open to the general public.)

Thursday, September 18
Tim McNamara, Professor, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
Topic: Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin of Asylum Seekers (LADO) as a Language Test: Issues of Validity

Monday, October 6
Patricia Duff, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
Topic: Multilingual Socialization

Monday, October 27
Li Wei, Pro Vice Master; Director, Birkbeck Graduate Research School; Chair, Applied Linguistics, University of London; Chair, University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL), United Kingdom
Topic: Social Cognition of Multilinguals (co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost)

Friday, November 21
Maria PolinskyProfessor, Department of Linguistics and Research Director, National Heritage Language Institute, Harvard University
Topic: Heritage Linguistics

Spring 2015 Speakers

Wednesday, February 25
Terrence Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC
Topic: Multilingualism and Multiliteracies in the U.S.

Tuesday, April 21
Elana Shohamy, Professor, Language Education Program, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
Topic: Linguistic Landscape

Wednesday, April 22
Elana Shohamy, Professor, Language Education Program, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
Topic: Multilingual Testing (co-sponsored by LLRC)

— By Shelley Catalano; photo by John Griffin

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