CLAC 2009 Conference


Conference Overview

Intercultural Competency Across the Curriculum:
nfusing Culture and Language Campus Wide

Hosted by Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH 44017
October 15-16, 2009

In collaboration with
Binghamton University, University of Iowa, Drake University, Skidmore College,
Portland State University, University of Richmond, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and ACE-s Internationalization Collaborative

The Fall 2009 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) is designed for students, faculty, international education professionals, and campus administrators interested in exploring the use of languages and cultures as a tool for internationalizing the curriculum across all disciplines. Teachers from elementary and secondary schools will also find useful information that can be adapted to their instructional circumstances.

A specific focus of the 4th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum will be on global or intercultural competency across the curriculum. While existing LAC programs at institutions across the country are remarkably diverse in their shape and structure, as a general rule they tend to focus on language use and on the development of content-specific language skills.  The 'C' in CLAC represents a new focus on integrating cross-cultural perspectives into Languages Across the Curriculum programs and into courses in all disciplinary areas.  

CLAC also offers opportunities for students to strengthen their international research skills (accessing and evaluating information from international sources), critical and comparative analysis abilities, awareness of cultural filters and specificities of knowledge production, and ability to synthesize information from multiple cultural perspectives.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Darla K. Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators.

As globalization continues to rapidly change the world, our national need for skill in multiple languages and intercultural knowledge is more evident and more urgent than ever. Institutions of higher education have led the way in international education, but their advances in this field are not yet producing sufficient numbers of graduates with these skills.

Pre-Conference Workshop

"CLAC 101: How to Design & Implement a CLAC Program that Works for Your Campus"
October 15, 2009
9:00 am-11:00 am

Workshop facilitated by
Diana K. Davies, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for International Initiatives
Princeton University 

The members of the CLAC Consortium are pleased to offer a pre-conference workshop: "CLAC 101: How to design and implement a CLAC program that works for your campus." The workshop will be useful and relevant to representatives from institutions that do not yet have but are considering developing a CLAC program, as well as those from institutions that already have a CLAC program of some variety, who would like to grow or otherwise develop their program or overcome challenges. Faculty (from all disciplines and institutional types) and higher education administrators who want to learn more about the basic elements of CLAC will also benefit from participation. 

The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to CLAC philosophy and an overview of the history of CLAC; a survey of existing types of CLAC programs at a variety of U.S. colleges and universities; specific examples of best practices and stories about "what not to do" from three institutions with three different types of CLAC programs; hands-on group exercises that will help participants assess their home institution in order to develop the most appropriate style of CLAC; and information about measuring outcomes and promoting CLAC to faculty, administrators, students and funders/donors. For more information about this workshop, please visit the pre-conference workshop page

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