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Written By: daveski on April 21, 2011 1 Comment

A bit of a public service announcement: Modern Language Association President Russell Berman has issued a letter calling upon its members to protest the cuts to education, especially languages and the humanities, that are written into the new federal budget. This section from the letter, in particular, highlights the damage that […]

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Written By: daveski on November 7, 2010 11 Comments
Following the language faculty cuts at LSU

There’s a certain urgency to the question asked on the blog of The Foreign Language Fourteen, “When did you first realize that knowing a foreign language was cool?” The blog prompts its readers with questions like “Do you know that Spanish won’t get you anywhere in Brazil?” “Can you read Plato […]

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Written By: daveski on October 23, 2010 6 Comments

The thinning out, scaling down, and downright elimination of language programs seems to be a normalizing trend in these times of budgetary hardship. While the State University of New York at Albany’s wholesale elimination of its French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater programs this month has received some notice, it hasn’t, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 25, 2009 3 Comments
Whose University? Our University!

Along with thousands of UC (University of California) students, staff, and faculty members, I participated in the recent massive system-wide three-day strikes organized to protest the proposed 32% hikes in tuition fees. Apart from a move to cancel classes, the strikes included a particularly inspiring production of Waiting for Lefty, protest […]

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Written By: daveski on June 18, 2009 No Comment

Foreign language programs, and language studies in general (including English) stand to be severely cut in the latest round of budget cuts announced by the California state government. For those not on the UCB mailing lists, I’ll reproduce below the entire letter sent out by Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Exec. Chancellor and Vice Provost […]

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Written By: daveski on April 20, 2009 2 Comments

I got this email from Wolfgang E. Adolph in the Department of Mod. Lang. & Linguistics at Florida State University via the Language Learning and Technology International Information Forum listserv; considering the UC system’s ongoing budget woes and threats to our languages at Cal I thought it’d be good to cross-post in its […]

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