Events

November 15, 2017

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 133 Sparks Building
Title: Presentation on research group meetings in STEM

We will begin with a discussion of an article on the social semiotics of space and its effect on the organization of human action before looking at some data collected by MSP . The article is entitled "The agency of things: how spaces and artifacts organize the moral order of an intensive care unit". We will then discuss how research group meetings in STEM fields are organized through a look at our data

November 1, 2017

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., 7 Sparks Building
Title: Presentation by Dr. Shakil Rabbi

Teaching for Transfer of Dispositions in Writing Instruction

October 18th, 2017

12 - 1:30 p.m., 7 Sparks Building

Lunch hour meeting with Dr. Chritina Higgins, professor of second language studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

October 18th, 2017

4 - 5:30 p.m., 160 Willard Building

Lecture by Christina Higgins, professor of second language studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

October 4th, 2017

12 - 1:30 p.m., 7 Sparks Building
Title: Beyond Logocentrism: Analyzing Embodiment in L2 Use

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Looney

September 20th, 2017

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 133 Sparks Building
Title: Research group meetings, international scholars and spatial resources

In this meeting, we will lead a discussion on an article that looks at Goodwin's article entitled "The co-operative, transformative organization of human action and knowledge". The article will provide a springing board for an exploration of some relevant data collected by the MSP on research group meetings. We will then collaboratively consider the relevance of the reading for our data and how we can extend the theoretical concepts in light of the reading.

April 20th, 2017

5:00 p.m., 121 Sparks Building
Title: Distinguished lecture on "Language, Literature, and the Globalectic Imagination"

Presenter: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Distinguished Professor in Comparative Literature and English, University of California, Irvine

Ngugi is a world renowned novelist and theorist of post-colonial literature, and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine. He has been short listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ngugi has received honorary doctorates from about a dozen universities around the world. He has held distinguished teaching positions at Yale and New York University, after his early education and teaching in Kenya. He is respected for being one of the earliest scholars to envision a more critical and inclusive relationship between English and local languages in English studies. His literary and linguistic vision has been crafted through the painful personal history of education in a British colony and academic life in an authoritarian postcolonial country

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March 29, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Chinese heritage language classroom learning: Motivations, identities and trajectories

Presenter: Naseh Shahri, PhD Candidate, Applied Linguistics

This presentation reports on a case study investigating an ESL learner's engagement with writing through the analysis of the participant's writing samples, interviews and class observations. I will argue that the participant's written displays of identity in his writing are best understood through the lens of sociolinguistic scales

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Title: A qualitative inquiry of Japanese college students learning to use English as a lingua franca in Thailand

Presenter: Daisuke Kimura, PhD Candidate, Applied Linguistics

This session will revolve around my doctoral dissertation project. Since the context of research is novel, I will share some interview excerpts to find answers to exploratory questions, such as *why did they choose to go to Thailand? *and *what do they do outside the classroom and with whom?*

February 22, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Chinese heritage language classroom learning: Motivations, identities and trajectories

Presenter: Chunyuan Di

This study attempts to understand how learners' situated identities, motivations and linguistic practices are reciprocated through the language learning process. The data is based on a semester-long case study, collected through post-semester interviews and in-class presentations.

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Title: Identity trajectories across time and space: The case of two emergent bilingual third graders

Presenter: Frances Nebus Bose

This presentation draws on data from a one-year classroom ethnography pilot study across different literary spaces in a public elementary school: writing workshop and morning meeting. Focusing on the literacy-related interactions and writings of two emergent bilingual third graders, this presentation will consider how these students negotiate who they want to be and who they can be in classroom literacy activities and their resultant identity trajectories.

January 25, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Investigating ideologies of standardized English tests used in South Korean job markets

Presenter: Miso Kim

The data, collected through semi-structured interviews, report how South Korean jobseekers perceive standardized English tests in the job market and how they prepare for the tests to win over their competitors in the market.

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Title: An NNEST's trajectory of professional L2 teacher identity construction in the becoming of a teacher-researcher

Presenter: Seyma Toker

The data for this narrative inquiry primarily come from interviews conducted over two semesters and focus on the professional teacher identity (re)-construction of an English language teacher over her four and a half year teaching career both as an EFL teacher in Turkey and as a teaching assistant in graduate schools in the United States.

November 30, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Movement and modeling in international teaching assistants' mathematics lectures

Presenter: Katie Masters, PhD Candidate, Applied Linguistics

This discussion will center on data collected by our colleagues at the Center for Research on English Language Learning and Teaching (CRELLT) in the Department of Applied Linguistics. We will analyze video and transcript of two TAs, specifically focusing on the embodiment of their lecturing: the back-and-forth movements and motions, gestures, underlining, mapping, drawing, and connecting that make up their explanations and act as complementary communicative competences to their speech.

October 26, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: The Development of Individual Networks of Practice and Language Socialization

Presenter: Henry Chen, MA Candidate, Applied Linguistics

The research discussed today is based on interview data that records how a Chinese STEM-major graduate student becomes socialized into an English academic community. Data excerpts in the form of transcriptions and socialization mappings will be discussed.

September 28, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Mobility, Graduate Students, and Academic Writing

Presenter: Katie Masters, PhD Candidate, Applied Linguistics

This discussion takes us through interview and writing data of a student migrant from Nicaragua who is studying in his L3/C3 Norwegian/Norway but writing assignments in his L2, English. We place particular focus on his use of resources and relationships as he navigates his writing assignments.

November 22, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Foster Auditorium
Title: Migration and Language
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April 10, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: TBA

Presenter: Patricia Seuchie, French, PSU-Altoona

March 13, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: TBA

Presenter: Hina Ashraf, AIR University, Pakistan

February 13, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: De Facto Widows in Tajikistan: The Gendered Impacts of Labor Migration”

Presenter: Azita Ranjbar, Geography & Women’s Studies

January 16, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: The Language of Race: Placing the Unsignified in Nineteenth Century Russian Court”

Presenter: Dr. Jessie Dunbar, Africana Research Center

March 14, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: Everyday Strategies of Language Learning: African Skilled Migrants in English Dominant Countries”

Presenter: Madhav Kafle, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Linguistics

February 23, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Title: "Home is not one distinct face" - African skilled migrants’ constructions of identity

Presenter: Constantin Schreiber, Master's Candidate in International Affairs, M.A. Linguistics and TESOL

September 13, 2011

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Topic: Skilled Migrants and Development

  • What development activities are skilled migrants (SMs) involved in in their home countries?
  • Are SMs part of any organized Diaspora professional groups focused on development work in their home communities?
  • Do SMs intend to return to their country of origin for development efforts?  Do they intend to return ultimately?
  • What factor does language play in development efforts?

October 11, 2011

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Topic: Skilled migrants and multilingualism

  • What role do different varieties and standards of English play?  What role do biases play?
  • To what extent do SMs make use of code-switching?
  • What language do SMs use in different settings (home/work/development/etc)
  • What are SMs perceptions and attitudes toward standards of English?
  • How do SMs see the role/dominance of English?
  • In what way does English shape the levels of success of SMs?
  • To what extent is English seen as a network standard?

November 8, 2011

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Topic: Skilled Migrants and Trajectories of Migration

  • What routes to SMs take to migrate in search of professional advancement?
  • Do SMs intend returning home?
  • To what extent do SMs shuttle back and forth between their home land and host communities?
  • How does English help SMs get access to jobs?
  • What is SM's orientation to home?

December 6, 2011

12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. 7A Sparks Building
Topic: Skilled migrants’ and Educational Policy

  • To what extent has their home country prepared them well for the challenges they face in professional development abroad?
  • How do host community institutions prepare them well for their communicative and professional needs?
  • How do educational and language policies in home and host communities relate to the challenges SM face?
  • What are SMs attitudes toward English as a required subject in school?

Spring 2011: Lunch Hour Seminar

Apr 30, 2011

The following is the list of speakers for the lunch hour seminar in Spring 2011.

Note that we meet at noon for the talk and also have a light lunch. The seminars are typically held at 124 Sparks.

Jan 25: Shuang Shen , Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature. Topic: Chinese Diaspora and Student Publications
Feb 22:Sibusiswe Dube , Lecturer, Applied Linguistics and African and African American Studies.
Topic: Visual representations of ''African'' women of the Diaspora: But who are these women?
Mar 22: Suresh Canagarajah , Erle Sparks Professor, Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies.
Topic: Skilled Migration, Global English, and Development: Perspectives from PSU Faculty from Africa
April 19: Suzanne Romaine , Merton Professor of English Language, Oxford University, UK
Topic: Language, poverty, development and the Millennium Development Goals

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Spring Distinguished Lecture

Apr 20, 2011

Spring Distinguished Lecture 2011 Suzanne Romaine, Ph.D. Merton Professor of  English Language, University of Oxford, United Kingdom  “Identity, Migration, and Language” April 20 5:00 p.m. 117  Osmond  

Suzanne Romaine’s research interests lie primarily in problems of societal multilingualism, linguistic diversity, language change, language acquisition, language revitalization and language contact. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Europe (on the language of working class schoolchildren in Scotland and subsequently on patterns of bilingualism and language loss among Panjabi speakers in England) as well as in the Pacific Islands region (in Papua New Guinea on the language of rural and urban schoolchildren, and most recently in Hawai'i).

One of her recent books, Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages (OUP), co-authored with Daniel Nettle, won the British Association for Applied Linguistics Book of the Year Prize in 2001 and has been translated into many languages. This book tells the story of the decline of languages and explains why the loss of linguistic diversity is part of the larger picture of near-total collapse of the worldwide ecosystem. Other books include Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics; Communicating Gender;  Bilingualism, Language, Education and Development: Rural and Urban Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea; Language in Australia (1991) and Pidgin and Creole Languages (1988). Her most recent research examines the interface between biodiversity, linguistic diversity, development and poverty.

She was a member of the UNESCO Expert Group that produced UNESCO’s position paper on Education in a Multilingual World (Paris, 2003), and also wrote the backgrounder paper on Languages and Cultural Identities for UNESCO’s report Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (Paris, 2009).

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Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture: Adrian Bailey

Dec 09, 2010

Head of Geography and Professor of Migration Studies, Leeds University; Dean of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University, will speak on “Labor Migration, Recession, and Transnationalization: Notes from Europe” on December 9th, 2010 at 104 Thomas at 6pm.
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Lunch Hour Seminars: Fall 2010

Dec 07, 2010

The following is the list of speakers and topics for the lunch hour seminars for Fall 2010. Note that all seminars start at noon on the dates specified below.

1. September  14
(Sparks 124)
Xiaoye You, Assistant Professor of English and Asian Studies

 "Multilingual Creativity and the Diaspora Life of Chinese White Collars” 

2. October  5 
(Sparks 124)
 Merdith Doran, Assistant Professor of French & Applied Linguistics
TBA

3. November  2  
(Sparks 124)
Tobias Brinkmann, Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History
“From Empire to Nation State: Jewish Migrations, 1860-1948

4. December 7
(Sparks 7a)
 Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Associate Professor of Literacy/Children's Literature & Affiliate Faculty in African, African American Studies 
"Literacy, Culture, and African Communities."

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Lecture:Isabel Hofmyer

Oct 18, 2010

Isabel Hofmeyer, Professor of African  Literature, University of  Witwatersrand,  Johannesburg, South Africa, will speak on "Seeking Empire, Finding Nation:Gandhi and Indianness in South Africa"  on October 18, 2010 at 220 Osmond.
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SPRING DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: PROFESSOR SUSAN ROBERTSON

Apr 29, 2010

PROFESSOR SUSAN ROBERTSON Professor, Sociology of Education; and Coordinator, Center for Globalization Education and Societies at University of Bristol.

“Constructing Knowledge Economies through Higher Education: Hegemonic Projects and their Contradictions”

April 29, 2010 5:00 p.m.
101 Chambers.

Susan Robertson is Professor of Sociology of Education. She has more than 20 years’ experience as university researcher of education policy. She is currently Director of the Center for Globalization, Societies and Education as well as Editor of Globalization, Societies and Education. She is a Senior Researcher in the ESRC funded Center for Learning and Life-Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES). She is also a member of the European Commission’s Network of Experts on Social Sciences and Education providing policy advice on current and future directions for education. Professor Robertson has published widely on globalization and education, and developed critical accounts of the emergence of knowledge based economies.

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GUEST LECTURE: Rochona Majumdar

Feb 11, 2010

Rochona Majumdar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at University of Chicago; Department of South Asian Languages and Literature. Topic: "The Past and Future of Postcolonial History." February 11, 2010 5:00 p.m. 101 Chambers

SPRING 2010 Lunch Hour Seminars

Jan 19, 2010

The Migration Studies Project is organizing a lunch hour presentation and discussion on a Tuesday of each month.

The gathering is aimed at acquainting the university community with the work of colleagues in diverse departments, identifying areas of common scholarly interest, and building community. We hope to serve a light lunch during the gathering. We are planning to have a presentation for forty five minutes, followed by questions and discussion for fifteen minutes.

The venue is 124 Sparks Building.

The following are the topics and presenter:

January 19 Dr. Gordon De Jong, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography “Immigration Science, Policy, and Politics.”

February 16 Dr. Daphne Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Human Development “State Medicaid Expansion Policies and Health Insurance Coverage Among Immigrant Adults.”

March 23 Dr. Suet-ling Pong, Professor of Education, Sociology, and Demography “Mainland Chinese Immigrant Children in Hong Kong.” April 20 Dr. Zaryab Iqbal, Assistant Professor of Political Science “War, Forced Migration and Population Health.”

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FALL 2010 DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

Nov 02, 2009

FALL 2009 DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
BY Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Ph. D.

(The Courtney Sale Ross University Professor at NYU Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
TOPIC: "Rethinking Immigration in the Age of Global Vertigo"
ON NOVEMBER 2ND 2009, 5.00 PM

Fall 2009 Lunch Hour Seminars

Sep 08, 2009

The Migration Studies Project is organizing a lunch hour presentation and discussion on the second Tuesday of each month in Fall 09.

The gathering is aimed at acquainting the university community with the work of colleagues in diverse departments, identifying areas of common scholarly interest, and building community. We hope to serve a light lunch during the gathering. We are planning to have a presentation for forty five minutes, followed by questions and discussion for fifteen minutes.

The venue is 124 Sparks Building.

The following are the topics and presenters:

Sept 8th: Sinfree Makoni (Department of Applied Linguistics): "Is a sociolinguistics of a diaspora feasible?"

October 13th: Brian Lennon (Department of English): “Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States.”

November 10th: Esther Prins and Blaire Willson Toso (Education). "Receptivity toward Immigrants in Rural Pennsylvania: Perceptions of English as Second Language Providers."

December 8th: Alex Huang (Comparative Literature): "The Theatricality of Exile and Religious Rhetoric: Locating Gao Xingjian in the Chinese Diaspora."

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MIGRATION STUDIES PROJECT CO-SPONSORS VISIT BY GEORGE LAKOFF

Apr 26, 2009

The Burke Lecture

This year’s Burke Lecture will be given by George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Renowned for his work in cognitive linguistics, Lakoff has taken his expertise into the realms of politics, literature, ethics, philosophy, and mathematics.

He is the author of such well-known books as Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think; Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind; Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being; Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate; The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain; and Metaphors We Live By.

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Conference on Diaspora Communities: Diaspora and Language

Apr 10, 2009

By focusing on the transnational flow of people and languages, the conference will address its implications for domains as diverse as education, health, labor, law, media, and cultural representation. In addition to three keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, the conference will feature the research and scholarship of PSU’s own faculty members on these subject.

The conference will also organize an essay competition for undergraduates. The essay will elicit students’ narratives on their personal, family, and friendship networks across migrant settings through surveys and questionnaires. The winning essays will be read in a session, and contribute to a discussion.

Community organizations representing diverse ethnic groups in the region (i.e., Chinese, Hispanic, and Russian) will also be asked to participate in a panel open to the public and preferably held outside the university. They will share their concerns related to health services, law, education, and cultural preservation. By voicing their concerns, they will help the scholarly community be more responsive to the real world needs of migrants.

The speakers for the conference are:

Valentine Daniel, Professor, Anthropology, Columbia University

Arthur Spears, Professor, Linguistics and Anthropology, City University of New York

Jo Anne Kleifgen, Co-Director, Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies (Teacher’s College, Columbia University)

Scholars and students in departments such as African and African American Studies, Applied Linguistics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Sociology, and Labor Studies will attend and/or contribute. The event is co-sponsored with the Center for Language Acquisition.

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Lecture by Richard Kiely

Mar 18, 2009

MIGRATION STUDIES PROJECT AND CENTER FOR LANGUAGE ACQUISITION PRESENT: Academic Literacy and Communities of Practice: The Experience of International Postgraduate Students in a British University BY Richard Kiely Senior Lecturer Centre for Research on Language and Education University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

MARCH 18TH 2009 AT 7 SPARKS FROM 4.00 - 5.45PM

Richard Kiely is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education University of Bristol, where he coordinates the Centre for Research on Language and Education (CREOLE), and teaches on a range of postgraduate courses. He has a PhD in Language Programme Evaluation and his current research interests include the development of academic literacies and teaching and teacher learning, both explored through socialization and communities of practice perspectives. He has published in Language Teaching Research, Modern Languages Journal, Studies in Educational Evaluation and Language Awareness, and with Pauline Rea-Dickins, has written a book: Programme Evaluation in Language Education (2005 Palgrave Macmillan).

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Distinguished Lecture: “Facets of Transnational Life.”

Oct 27, 2008

Monday 27th October, 2008. Speaker: Luis Alberto Urrea, Mexican American novelist.

Lecture at 7 pm, at Foster Auditorium

Urrea’s prize winning novel The Devil's Highway is a moving narration of 14 undocumented immigrants who tragically lost their way in the Arizona desert. His latest novel Hummingbird's Daughter and his personal life resonate with issues of migration, multiculturalism, and transnational identities (see http://www.luisurrea.com/aboutluis.php). Latin@ Studies, English Department, the Center for Democratic Deliberation, and the Social Science Library of PSU co-sponsor this event.

Reading for students: Urrea will read from his fiction in a class from 11.15 am to 12.15 pm at 207 Henderson South for a class on Modern Latin America.

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Lecture: Dilip Ratha, Senior Economist, World Bank

Sep 29, 2008

 Dilip Ratha, Senior Economist, World Bank.

Lecture at Foster Auditorium.

Ratha is considered the leading expert on the implications of migrant labor for the economy and the role of remittances in development (www.worldbank.org/prospects/migrationandremittances). The Department of Labor Studies, the Asian Studies Program, and the Social Science Library of PSU co-sponsored this event.

Meetings with faculty: Ratha will meet with Paul Clark and members of the Department of Labor Studies for coffee at 3 pm to discuss research interests. He will meet with the advisory board and faculty participants of MSP at 4 pm to discuss funding sources and possible areas of collaboration.

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