Author: Mark Kaiser

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Online Exhibition on Languages

UC Berkeley Library is currently running "The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition", featuring the languages taught at Berkeley. Each week a new essay on a foreign language text found in the library is added to the exhibit, which features an introductory essay "Universitas Linguarum" by Rick Kern, who succinctly identifies why the study of…

BLC Visiting Scholar on Moffitt Library

Ana Elisa Ferreira, a BLC Visiting Scholar during the 2018-19 academic year, has just published an article she wrote about the UC Berkeley Moffitt Library, framing the Moffitt renovation within a discussion of Regis Debray's mediology, Michel Pêcheux's notion of subjectification, and Shoshana Zuboff's theorization of surveillance capitalism. The article is written in Portuguese and…

The Untold Story of the BLC

As the BLC completes its 25th academic year I can’t help looking back at what we have accomplished since I founded the Center in 1994. Our mission has always been to enhance the effectiveness of our teaching and the quality of our learning environments; to support research by language instructors and our ability to produce…

In Memoriam: Susan Ervin-Tripp

With great sadness, we report that Susan Ervin-Tripp, the celebrated Berkeley sociolinguist and psycholinguist, has died at age 91. Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology, Susan Ervin-Tripp was an innovative and interdisciplinary scholar, having also taught in Rhetoric and Women’s Studies during her Berkeley career. She was devoted to the study of language broadly,…

BLC Staff Receive Achievement Award

The BLC Team (Victoria Williams, John Wuorenmaa, Orlando Garcia, Keith Hernandez, Elle Suzuki) were recognized by the College of Letters and Science with a Staff Achievement Award for making the 2017 CALL Conference a resounding success. The BLC provided technical support in 6 conference rooms and hosted coffee breaks, two lunches, and 1 dinner for…

In Memoriam: Olga Kagan

We are sad to report that Olga Kagan, UCLA Professor of Russian and Director of the Center for World Languages and the Russian Flagship Program at UCLA, has died of leukemia at age 70. An applied linguist, Professor Kagan authored a dozen influential Russian textbooks, won awards for her contributions to Russian pedagogy, and was…

Congratulations to Claire and Lihua

On February 23 about 18 lecturers gathered to celebrate the publication of Claire Kramsch's and Lihua Zhang's new book from Oxford U Press, The Multilingual Instructor. After a delicious potluck meal, glasses were raised to salute their accomplishment, several years in the making and with the participation of many Berkeley lecturers as well as lecturers…

Congratulations to Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer, Lecturer in Czech in the Department of Slavic Languages and former BLC Fellow, has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Durant Hall Atrium, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., remarks at 4:45. Please join us in congratulating Ellen!

DVDs Have Moved to the MRC

The BLC used to maintain a DVD collection that had grown to approximately 1800 items and which served as the initial source material for the LFLFC. On occasion, instructors would borrow these DVDs for classroom instruction or would take DVDs home to preview before use in class. When this practice began, circulation policies at the…

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