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The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the
Department of World Languages and Cultures,
in partnership with Spirit & Place and the Office of International Affairs, present

The 28th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium
Thursday, February 23, 2017
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

It’s not foreign. It’s U.S.

As a nation of immigrants, the U.S. is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet, history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society. Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

In addition to community and university panels and a keynote luncheon symposium attendees will enjoy music by DJ Kyle Long, host of WFYI’s Cultural Manifesto and NUVO columnist. Attendees can try their hand at mapping Indiana’s linguistic heritage and take part in Tai Chi mini-sessions during the day’s breaks. 

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration
Campus Center Theater (lower level)
Coffee and light refreshments 

8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome and opening comments
Campus Center Theater (lower level)
Thomas J. Davis, Dean; Professor of Religious Studies
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

9:00 am - 9:45 am Language(s) bridge(s): Housing, education, and employment
Campus Center Theater (lower level)

With more than 120 nationalities represented and 90 languages spoken in Indianapolis, "language bridges" are needed to improve our state and bring residents together. Individuals who work and live in diverse language communities discuss experiences where language knowledge and proficiency has bridged gaps and fostered intercultural understanding. This session will also address the increasing need for today’s college student to develop intercultural competence and understanding.

Martin Baier, President and Chief Executive Officer, The International Center
Ali Haddad, Housing Manager, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc
José Lusende, Certified Fund Raising Executive and Consultant


Caterina Blitzer, International Community Volunteer 

 9:45 am - 10:00 am Break

10:00 am - 10:45 am A way with words
Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Whether in education, the court system, the medical system or many other facets of our community, translators and interpreters use words and modes of communication to ensure mutual understanding. Come hear from IUPUI and Indianapolis professionals and try your own skill at getting the message across in a challenging yet fun group activity.

Julie White, Assistant Professor of ASL/English Interpreting
Enrica Ardemagni, Professor Emerita of Spanish
Marina Hadjioannou Waters, Chief Operating Officer, LUNA Language Services

Tamara Cabrera, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies

10:45 am - 11:00 am Break     

11:00 am - 11:45 am Feeling at home

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Imagine beginning a new life in a new country. When cultures collide, it can be a shock for all involved, international newcomer and US-born individual, alike. What is the immigrant experience like-particularly for non-native English speakers-and what can be done to support cultural adjustment through language learning and other means? IUPUI faculty share personal and professional experiences and the audience will be invited to do the same.

Didier Gondola, Professor and Chair, Department of History
Amira Mashhour, Senior Lecturer and Director, Program in Arabic
Jing Wang, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies

Marta Anton, Professor and Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Break

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Luncheon
Campus Center 450 (fourth floor)
Seating is limited. Reservations are required.

Presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards
Nasser Paydar, Chancellor, IUPUI; Executive Vice President, Indiana University

Luncheon Keynote
"No child left monolingual: Why and how to make the U.S. more multilingual"
Kim Potowski, Professor of Spanish, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish for heritage speakers program and the heritage speaker study abroad program in Mexico. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission and change, as well as connections between language and ethnic identity. She has authored, co-authored, and edited works including Inter-Latino language and identity: Mexi-Ricans in Chicago (2016), El español de los Estados Unidos (2015), Heritage language teaching: Research and practice (2014), Language diversity in the USA (2011), and Language and identity in a dual immersion school (2007). Potowski has been a fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2015-2016), the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2013-2014), and the Fulbright Program (Oaxaca, 2011-2012). She speaks regularly to groups of parents and educators about the outcomes of dual language education; several of these videos are available at

 The Joseph Taylor Symposium

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and as first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI from 1967-1978. Dr. Taylor is remembered for his commitment to dialogue and diversity. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the university and to the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of interest in urban America, particularly among communities of color. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work.