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Language for Life: A Look Back at Past Events

Language for Life is a program of the Language Institute that gives current students the opportunity to meet with working professionals who studied a foreign language and are using that language in their professional or personal lives in inspiring ways.




Featured Languages

March 4, 2014

Languages & Careers in Wisconsin

Lora Klenke, Brett Schilke

Japanese, Russian, Dutch

March 5, 2013

Languages and Social Justice

Amy McGann, Eugenia Podesta, and Adam Taylor

French, Hindi, Spanish

November 13, 2012

Languages and Business

Jillian Bau, Steve Feldman, and Mia Johnson

French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

April 25, 2012

Languages and Professional Opportunities in National Security & Intelligence

Al Leftwich, William Rivers, Patrice Shackleford, Errol Smith, Peter Sursi


March 22, 2012

Languages and Global Health

Lauren Mueenuddin, Claire Wendland, and Mollie Overby

Chichewa, French, Hindi, Navajo, Persian, Spanish, Urdu

April 4, 2011

Languages and Engineering

Christopher Bareither, Eyleen Chou, Jeffrey Schacherl

French, Haitian Creole, German, Spanish

December 6, 2010

Languages and Medicine

Jehad Algharabli, medical student, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Elizabeth Longmeir, M.D., Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

French, Spanish, various

May 7, 2010

Careers in Translation and Interpretation

Sarah Berquet-Clignet, independent translator
Alison Carroll, independent translator
Tomislav Longinovic, University of Wisconsin-Madison

French, German, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish

April 14, 2010

Languages and Environmental Careers

Richard Beilfuss, International Crane Foundation
Ted Petith, Madison-Freiburg Sister City Program

German,Nepali, Portuguese, Vietnamese

October 18, 2009

Languages and the Peace Corps

Jessica Doyle, First Lady of the State of Wisconsin
John Sheffy, campus Peace Corps representative

Ewe, French, Spanish

February 26, 2009

Languages and Law

Carmel Capati, Wisconsin Court Interpreter Program
Erik Ibele, Neider & Boucher
David Miller, Law Office of Michael C. Rakower

Filipino, German, Russian, Spanish

September 8, 2008

Sports and Languages

Matt Beyer, interpreter for NBA
Brian Doherty, soccer in Germany
Eric Horne, basketball in Spain
Ben Johnson, football in Germany

Chinese, German, Spanish


October 15, 2007

Languages and International Development

Stephan Boucher, University of California-Davis
Malcolm Childress, World Bank
Nick Magnan, University of California-Davis

French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

November 8, 2006

Translation and Interpretation in Government and Private Sectors

Kathleen Egan,  TSWG Language Program
Jacolyn Hudson, Geo Group Corporation

Arabic, French, Spanish

March 1, 2006

Languages and Business

Pamela Delfosse, PLACES International,
Mark Rhoda-Reis, Springs Window Fashions
Jill Simpson, Island Spirit Adventures

Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish


October 11, 2005

World Languages and Medicine

Ryan Sydor, medical student
Elizabeth Magnan, medical student
Nona Mei, medical student
Byram Ozer, medical student,

Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish

March 9, 2005

Language in the Real World

Jennifer Brick, government/NGOs
Carol Schroeder, Orange Tree Imports
Alisha Steele, NGOs/social services
Molly Todd, graduate study/translation

Russian, Tajik, Persian, Scandinavian languages, Spanish, Tajik, Turkish, Uzbek


February 10, 2005

Conversation with Karina Shook

Karina Shook, Aerospace Technologist, NASA


September 8, 2004

Conversation with Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid, correspondent, Washington Post


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Lecture: Ikema Ryukyuan: Investigating Past Experience and the Current State through Life Narratives
Shoichi Iwasaki, University of Hawaii at Manoa
4:00 pm, Monday, November 3
254 Van Hise Hall

A lecture on Ikema, an endangered language variety spoken on Miyako and its surrounding islands in Okinawa. Learn more >

Brownbag Presentation: Flipping and Blending: A Recipe for Language Teaching
Shannon Spasova, Michigan State University
12:00-1:00 pm, Thursday, November 6
254 Van Hise Hall

A brownbag presentation on creating a blended foreign language course. Learn more >

International Careers: Find Your Path
10:30-11:30 pm, Uprday, November 21
120 Middleton Building

Learn what international work is, identify search strategies and how to build your network, and effectively market your international and language experience to future employers. Learn more >

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SLA-Sponsored Brownbag Series on Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning

Telecollaboration: Connecting UW-Madison Students with Language Speakers in the U.S. and Abroad
Panelists: Anna Tumarkin, Slavic Languages and Literature; BJ Lim, East Asian Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 15, 1418 Van Hise Hall

Blended Learning: Developing and Delivering Blended Language, Literature and Culture Courses
Panelists: Julie Allen, Scandinavian Studies; Matt Brown, African Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 28
1418 Van Hise Hall

Course Sharing: Offering UW-Madison Language Courses to Students at Other Universities via Videoconferencing
Panelists: Erlin Barnard, Jampa Khedup, Dian Mawene, Fatemeh Mirsharifi, Languages and Cultures of Asia; Ewa Miernowska, Slavic Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 11
1418 Van Hise Hall

Critical Reader: A Tool for Creating Online Reading Comprehension Assignments in a Blended or Online Environment
Panelists: Jan Miernowski, French and Italian; Blaire Bundy, DoIT; Steel Wagstaff, L&S Learning Support Services
12:00-1:00 pm, Thursday, December 4
1418 Van Hise Hall

For more information about this series >







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