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Keynote Speakers

Wrap-Up Session Commentator

Keynote Speaker: Michael Geisler

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Michael Geisler is Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs and C. V. Starr Professor in Linguistics and Languages at Middlebury College. In the past, he has also served as Dean of Language Schools and Schools Abroad, as Associate Dean of the Faculty, chair of the Foreign Language Division and chair of the German Department. His teaching and research interests include questions of nationalism, mass media in Germany and the U.S., and 20th century German literature and German Studies.

He has published two books: an edited volume entitled National Symbols – Fractured Identities: Contesting the National Narrative (Hanover/N.H. and London: University Press of New England, 2005) and a monograph on literary journalism in Germany (in German, 1982); he is also co-editor of a special issue of New German Critique on "German Media Since 1984" (1999). In addition, he has published a large number of articles on media studies, national symbols, nationalism and national identity. Recent work includes essays on the rhetoric of national symbols, and on television and democratization in Germany. He has team-taught – since before 9/11 - a senior capstone seminar on “Terrorism” as part of Middlebury’s International Studies curriculum and as an alumni seminar. He was a member of the MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages that produced the report “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World,” released in 2006.

Michael Geisler holds a Staatsexamen from the University of Mannheim, (1976) and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, (1982).

Keynote Speaker: Carol A. Klee

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Carol A. Klee (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Director of the National Resource Center on Western European Studies at the University of Minnesota (2006-10). She has also served as Chair (1995-2003) and Director of Language Programs (1985-95) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and Coordinator of the University Immersion Project of the Language Resource Center in the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) (1993-6).

She is co-author of Lingüística aplicada: la adquisición del español como segunda lengua [Applied Linguistics: The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language] (Wiley, 2003) and El español en contacto con otras lenguas [Spanish in Contact with Other Languages] (Georgetown, forthcoming 2009) and has published articles on Spanish-Quechua language contact, Spanish in the U.S., and languages across the curriculum. She has edited several collections of research including Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World (Bilingual Press, 1991) and Faces in a Crowd: The Individual Learner in Multisection Courses (Heinle & Heinle, 1994) and co-edited The Interaction of Social and Cognitive Factors in Second Language Acquisition (Cascadilla, 2000).

Carol has served as President of the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Language Programs (1996-7) and as a member of the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (1994-6) and in 2008 was elected Vice-President/President Elect of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA).

Wrap-Up Session Commentator: Thomas M. Adams

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Thomas M. Adams served as a senior program officer in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. from 1986 until his retirement in March of this year. He received his Ph.D. in European history (with a minor in French literature) from the University of Wisconsin (1972). He taught history, general education, and French in various teaching positions in Kansas, Kentucky and Texas. He is the author of Bureaucrats and Beggars: French Social Policy in the Age of Enlightenment (Oxford, 1990) and various articles and reviews. He is writing a book with the working title Europe’s Welfare Traditions: Reform without End.

Adams’ work at the National Endowment for the Humanities included responsibilities in the area of foreign language education, notably in the Special Opportunity for Foreign Language Education from 1990 to 1995. An article of his in the ADFL Bulletin was reprinted in Languages Across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Structures and Internationalized Education, eds. Maria-Regina Kecht and Katharina von Hammerstein (Columbus: 2000), 15-38. The journal of the Associated Departments of English has reprinted his recent article, "Beyond Language and Literature Departments: History, Culture, and International Study," ADFL Bulletin, 38:1-2 (Fall 2006-Winter 2007), 13-21.