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Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., to Speak at University of Kansas School of Languages

30 August 2016

Dr.-Laguerre-by-Kuroda-0943The University of Kansas will mark the first anniversary of its School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (SLLC) with a convocation that will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures was established in fall 2014 and emphasizes the central importance of language and culture for a 21st-century education in a globalized world.

The event will feature a number of guest speakers, including university leaders, as well as representatives of regional, national and international partnering organizations. Peralta Colleges’ chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. will underline KU’s renewed commitment to Haitian studies.

The University of Kansas, located in Lawrence, KS, is a major comprehensive research and teaching university, and the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures represents five core departments — East Asian Languages & Cultures, French & Italian, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Spanish & Portuguese — as well as 13 affiliated departments and centers: African & African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East-European & Eurasian Studies, Classics, English, Humanities & Western Civilization, Kansas African Studies Center, Linguistics and Religious Studies.

Professor Marc Greenberg, SLLC director notes, “The (anniversary) event recognizes the high degree to which education and industry must work together to prepare citizens ready for the challenges of a multi-polar world.”

At KU, some 40 languages are taught on a regular basis, as well as courses on culture, literature, history and politics connected with many of those languages.

“It is an honor for me to have been invited to be part of the speakers for the convocation,” said Laguerre. “I left Haiti and came to the University of Kansas to help start the Haitian Studies program thirty-four years ago.”

“I am proud of the development of the language program and to see the survival of the program all these years is rewarding. I am glad to go back to Lawrence to explore collaborative opportunities that KU and Peralta can develop,” he added.

For additional information, go to kunews@ku.edu.

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