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"We value the humanities, the truths in literature, the nuances of grammar, the lessons from history, and the evolution of languages.  We value communication and the power of spoken words.  The languages we teach are alive and are used every day all over the world.  We are global citizens." Salvador A. Oropesa, Ph.D.

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Languages Faculty Spotlight

Prof. Eric Touya's Book: 
The Case for the Humanities: Pedagogy, Polity, Interdisciplinarity (December 2016)

Countering the perception that the humanities are unessential, this volume contends that their well-being has not only academic but also cultural, political, and existential ramifications. Our technologically-driven world possesses the means of its own destruction, while economic and financial policies undermine the very existence of our democracy. At the same time, the postmodern and post-human age fundamentally challenges our ability and legitimacy to conceive future ideals. It is within this context that the humanities provide essential paths through which the teaching and knowledge of other academic fields such as STEM and economics must be re-envisioned. In short, the humanities must be brought back to the center of academic life. The political and pedagogical implications of this interdisciplinary study thus entail a renewed critique to rethink the relation between higher education, society, and the world at large (politically, economically, scientifically, and technologically) and the importance of the humanities within it.At the heart of this reconsideration, the humanities’ and humanity’s fate and future become one.





Languages Faculty Spotlight

Congratulations to Prof. Jason Hurdich, the recipient of the Marie Griffin Interpreter of the Year Award. The award was presented on October 10, 2017 at the SERID (Southeast Regional Institute On Deafness) conference which covers the entire area of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The award was presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding community leadership, personal achievement, or contributions to individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. http://www.serid.org/about-us/