Consortium Symposium at Yale

May 12-13, 2023

Theme: Language learning in the 21st century: Skills for the real world

While English continues to be the lingua franca for world trade and diplomacy, there is an emerging consensus among leaders in business and politics, teachers, scientists, and community members that proficiency in English is not sufficient to meet the nation’s needs in a shrinking world, nor the needs of individual citizens who interact with other people and cultures more than at any other time in human history – Commission on Language Learning 2017 report (America’s languages. Investing in language education for the 21st century)


Schedule of Events

All events will be taking place at the Humanities Quadrangle, L02 Auditorium and the Courtyard (for meals and breaks) at Yale University. To learn more about the event’s speakers, please visit the Speakers page


Friday, May 12th, 2023

4:00 – 4:30 PM Welcome Andrew Ross, Consortium President
Opening Remarks John Mangan, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Faculty Affairs, Yale University
Introductory Comments Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Director, Center for Language Study, and Associate Dean,Yale College, Yale University
4:30 – 5:30 PM Keynote Steve Leveen, Founder, America the Bilingual; Author of America’s Bilingual Century: “The Surprising Truth About American Bilingualism: What the Data Tells Us.”
5:30 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception


Saturday, May 13th, 2023

8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and introduction to today’s panels
9:15 – 10:00 AM Panel 1: Language and the arts

Facilitated by Martha Engvall

Andrei Kureichik, Yale University World Fellow, playwright and director

Sandro-Angelo de Thomasis, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and Modern Languages at The Juilliard School

Andrew Fisher, Lector in American Sign Language (ASL) at Yale University, writer and stand-up comedian

10:00 – 10:10 AM Break
10:10 – 10:55 AM Panel 2: Language and government

Facilitated by Hannah Kosman

Bradley Brincka, Presidential Management Fellow – DOE/NNSA – Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence

Aaron Frost, Senior Analyst – DOE/NNSA – Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation

Laura Smiley, Director, International Operations, U.S. Department of Energy

10:55 – 11:20 AM Coffee Break
11:20 AM – 12:05 PM Panel 3: Non-governmental organizations

Facilitated by Ramona Teepe


Graham Hettlinger, Managing Director, Higher Education Programs, American Councils for International Education

Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S.

12:05 – 12:15 PM Break
12:15 – 1:00 PM Panel 4: Student perspectives

Facilitated by Zach Aguilar

Phoebe Hering, Master of Environmental Management Candidate ‘23, FIELDS program student, Yale University

Evan Hochstein, Senior student pursuing a B.A./M.A. in Linguistics, DILS program (Egyptian Arabic), Yale University

Max Heimowitz, Senior student studying French (Intensive) and Russian, Yale University

1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 – 2:45 PM Panel 5: Perspectives from the business world

Facilitated by Xinyu Guan

Dario Wolos, Founder and CEO, Tacombi

Christophe Suchy, CEO of CASPR Technologies and President of ReSPR Technologies

James Beale, Owner, Bergstrom Press & Books

2:45 – 3:30 PM Respondent panel: Where do we go from here in language education? Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Associate Dean of Yale College and Director of the Center for Language Study, Yale University
  Respondents: Yale Language Faculty Candace Skorupa, Senior Lector I in French and Lecturer in Comparative Literature

Constantine Muravnik, Senior Lector II Slavic Languages & Literatures

Jorge Méndez-Seijas, Spanish Language Program Director, Senior Lector II & Associate Research Scholar

For bios on our event speakers, please visit the SPEAKERS page.

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