Following Up with Jay Kim


On February 21, as part of International Mother Language Day, the IRC welcomed Jay Kim, Michael Volz, Tamara Medakov, and Ani Kokobobo for a conversation discussing the question "Is English the World's Language?". Because of the riveting conversation, we ran out of time and still had many questions from the audience that had gone unanswered. Graciously, Jay Kim offered some of his time to address the questions below. How important is knowing English when traveling or in the context of international business? To what extent is English a de facto language for business, for education, for daily interactions? Jay Kim: [...]

Following Up with Jay Kim2022-03-14T13:23:12-05:00

IRC Weekly Update: English and World Languages Next Week


Good morning, Friend! Have you met Aurna, our global education coordinator? Aurna is from Bangladesh, home of International Mother Language Day, which has been observed around the world since its approval at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference. The spirit of the day is to explore the value and opportunities offered by linguistic diversity. Next week, the IRC is pleased to mark International Mother Language Day with a Monday panel discussion – "Is English the World's Language?" – and a Tuesday International Film Club discussion of the documentary, The Linguists. Language is a central component of identity and expression, and certainly a critical tool for our work [...]

IRC Weekly Update: English and World Languages Next Week2022-02-16T10:07:42-06:00

IRC Weekly Update: Human-Centered Agenda for the Future of Work


Good morning, Friend! As high school students around the metro area continue to prepare for the Academic WorldQuest global knowledge competition on Saturday, March 5, community members are invited to join them in their preparation through a series of special News & Views discussion groups. Thanks to everyone, including discussion leader Dave Tripp, an IRC member, who joined us for last week's look at climate and migration. Join us tomorrow for an exploration of the pullout from Afghanistan and next Thursday, February 17, to discuss the future of work. The IRC is pleased to offer a couple events to mark International Mother Language Day, an annual UNESCO [...]

IRC Weekly Update: Human-Centered Agenda for the Future of Work2022-02-16T16:56:50-06:00

Diversity: An International Student’s Perspective


My name is Antoine Precheur. I am a French student athlete who arrived in the United States two years ago. The first thing that struck me when I arrived here is the diversity on campus and on my soccer team. On campus, I realized that there were people from everywhere in the world. While most of the international students were from India, many came from the Middle East, Asia, or even Europe. In addition to the diversity on campus, I was impressed by the diversity of the soccer team. My team is composed of 10 Americans and 13 members from [...]

Diversity: An International Student’s Perspective2021-06-30T16:27:32-05:00
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