Post Tagged with: "language"


Georgetown’s Language Landscape Promotes Multiculturalism

Since Georgetown University’s founding in 1789, the school has encouraged students and faculty members to broaden their worldviews and dedicate themselves to others, regardless of cultural and linguistic differences. Back then, the university offered language courses in Spanish, French and English for nonnative speakers, even publishing a pamphlet for prospective[Read More…]

Ayan Mandal

MANDAL: Hot Hearts and Cooler Heads

Like many intellectual disciplines, the study of biology can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. A true empiricist, Aristotle relied not on speculation but on dissections of organisms to uncover the principles that govern life processes. However, despite his positive influence on the physical sciences, one glaring error[Read More…]

by August 30, 2016 1 comment Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Take Control of Your Transcript

A recent email announcing the departure of Chester Gillis as dean of the Georgetown College lists an impressive number of new minors and majors that were instituted during his tenure, including African American studies, justice and peace studies, journalism and business administration, to name a few. Yet, it seems that[Read More…]

by April 5, 2016 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
The School of Foreign Service Dean’s Office announced that students will be able to minor in foreign languages, marking the first time they will be able to minor outside the undergraduate core.

SFS Adds Language Minors

Students in the School of Foreign Service will be able to pursue language minors within Georgetown College beginning this fall, according to a Tuesday announcement from the SFS Dean’s Office. The new language programs, which will be open to all years starting with the Class of 2017, are the first[Read More…]

by March 30, 2016 0 comments Campus News, News, News - Top
BOBROSKE: Apartheid Lingers in Language Division

BOBROSKE: Apartheid Lingers in Language Division

Language is the foundation for community and culture. It allows us to communicate, learn and collaborate with one another, but it can also be exploited as a means to enforce segregation. The case of Stellenbosch University in South Africa shows the power language can have as a tool or as[Read More…]

by October 2, 2015 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Fading Fluency

While wandering the lower floors of the ICC, it is common to hear a multiplicity of languages — from those poring over upper-level Arabic texts to a gaggle of introductory French students reviewing new vocabulary. Georgetown prides itself on the array of language programs available to students. With over 20[Read More…]

by March 2, 2015 1 comment Editorial, Opinion, Opinion - Top
GUMC professor Elissa Newport

GUMC Professor Wins Award

Elissa Newport, professor of neurology and Director of the Georgetown University/MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious Franklin Institute Award for her research focusing on the acquisition of language, especially in children. Newport will be joined[Read More…]

by November 11, 2014 0 comments Campus News, News
"The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut

Lessons in Language and Embracing Fate

Every day we are confronted by obstacles or opportunities that we never even knew existed. Some of us still hold memories of near-death experiences, while others have all but forgotten the small difficulties in our daily lives that held our attention for just an instant. Moments range in intensity and[Read More…]

by August 12, 2014 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns

The Importance of Understanding Our Baggage

In a few hours, I will be getting on a plane bound for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For six weeks, I will be living in Copacabana with a 76-year-old woman named Jô and taking classes at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture — subjects that I[Read More…]

by June 23, 2014 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide

Rio de Janeiro

In the Pursuit of Words in Rio

Cafune. I learned this word in a translation class when I was 17. That day’s lesson was on idioms and phrases that have no exact English equivalents. We learned age-otori, the Japanese way of saying that someone got a haircut that made them look worse than they did before. We[Read More…]