Past Events


Foreign Flicks
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Metcalf Research Building







Fall 2020 Professional Development Workshops

Workshops led by Chelsea Timlin, Assistant Director of Technology, Lecturer in Language Studies


Digital Portfolios and Online Presence in and Beyond the Academy
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:00-2:00 PM ET (via Zoom)

Many job postings ask for evidence of teaching excellence, scholarship, and job-related experience in the form of a digital portfolio. It’s also common for companies and institutions to conduct preliminary screenings of candidates’ online presence (e.g., LinkedIn profiles, blogs, websites, etc.). How do you best represent and showcase your experience in a digital format? How do you effectively create and maintain your online presence? In this workshop, we will discuss the primary role and several features of digital professional portfolios (i.e., teaching, research, and experience-related) with particular focus on their function in academic and other language-oriented job applications. We will view and analyze several example portfolios. The workshop will also provide some suggestions for getting started with and/or developing your existing portfolio and maintaining your professional online presence.

Working with Digital “Texts” in Language/Culture Instruction
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:00-2:00 PM ET

The field of second language teaching has suggested the importance of including authentic content and texts early on in the curriculum. More and more job postings are reflecting this by requesting that candidates have experience with innovative ways to teach texts across the curriculum. This workshop will focus on training graduate students in the use of, a digital social reading and annotation tool, for incorporating texts and other web-based content throughout the language/culture curriculum. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating texts in the target language across the curriculum as well as strategies for designing digital social reading activities. Attendees will have the chance to get to know the various features of through several hands-on example texts and learning activities.

Transitioning to Multiliteracies in Postsecondary Language Programs: Perspectives on Curriculum and Instruction
Lecture and Workshop
Kate Paesani, University of Minnesota
March 11-12, 2020














Multilingual Open Mic Night
Friday, March 6, 2020














The Art and Craft of Translation
Ann Goldstein, former editor at The New Yorker
Keynote Address, Translation Across Disciplines Conference
Thursday, February 27, 2020














Translation Across Disciplines Conference
February 27-28, 2020
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center















CLS World Trivia Night
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:00 PM, Petteruti Lounge
















Language Learning as Textual Thinking
Hiram Maxim, Emory University
Friday, November 15, 2019
4:00 PM, Rhode Island Hall














Language, Learning and Life
Jim Yong Kim '82
Thursday, October 24, 2020
5:00 PM, Metcalf Research Building
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Against "Best Practices": Curricular Innovation and Institutional Structures
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
5:00 PM, Rhode Island Hall 108


Per Urlaub, Associate Dean of the Language Schools at Middlebury College, challenges the notion of "best practices" and explains institutional contexts and leadership priorities that can empower language and literature faculty to collaboratively implement  curricular responses that are original, truly innovative, and- above all- mindful of local particularities and the needs of their students. 









How I Became Passionate About Teaching: Hebrew

Ruti Adler Ben Yehuda (Judaic Studies)











A Boat to Lesbos

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00- 8:00 PM, Smith Buonanno 106



An influential poetic voice on the Arab literary scene, Syrian poet Nouri Al-Jarrah has lived in exile and been publishing his poetry for nearly 40 years. His poetry draws on diverse cultural sources, and is marked by a special focus on mythology, folk tales and legends.  A Boat to Lesbos, and other poems, is his first collection in English translation. This powerful epic poem also has editions in French translation, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, Persian, and forthcoming in Greek- a truly international response to the tormet of the Syrian people during these last few years.







Wine and Prayer
Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:30 PM, Pembroke Hall 305











Mission and Achievement: Assessing Higher Education Foreign Language Goals
Thursday, February 28, April 2019
4:00 PM, Petteruti Lounge









Please join the Center for Language Studies for a lecture and Q&A with Erwin Tschirner (University of Leipzig) about the findings and implications for language study based on a large scale study of college students in various world languages.


Digital Humanities and Brown Digital Publication Initiative
Monday, December 10, 2018
3:30 PM, Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library











Performing Language and Culture: Arts Integration and Community Building in the Foreign Language Classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018
3:00 PM, Crystal Room (Alumnae Hall)









Copyright When Teaching Languages: Rules, Guidelines, Caveats
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
3:00 PM, Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library



Hebrew Week Event

Ethnic Identity in Israel and Variation in Modern Hebrew: A Linguist's Perspective

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00-1:30 Petteruti Lounge

Film Clips in the Language Curriculum
Mark Kaiser, UC Berkeley
Friday, September 29, 2017














Language Panels
Monday, September 4, 2017 @ 3:00 and 3:45 PM
Petteruti Lounge














Brown Language Festival 2017

Interested in languages? Wondering what language and culture clubs are active on campus? Unsure of what language you should study? If so, be sure to attend Brown’s third annual Language Festival. This event will provide students with the opportunity to explore all of the fantastic language and culture related activities Brown has to offer. Come to the Main Green on September 6th, 2017 between 3pm and 4pm to learn about all of these opportunities and also enjoy great food, contests, prizes, and more!

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Sayles Hall auditorium.












Hindi and Urdu Program Event
Thursday, April 27, 2017














International Poetry Night
Thursday, April 13, 2017















Foreign Language Teaching Share Fair
Thursday, April 6, 2017














Brown Language Weeks











Arabic Event
Thursday, March 9, 2017














Islam and the French
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:30 AM- 5:30 PM














Dabke Workshop with instructor Karim Nagi
Friday, February 24, 2017









Hebrew Language Week










Eugenics and the Ethics of Human Engineering
Thursday, October 6, 2016

"Eugenics and the Ethics of Human Engineering"

Metcalf Research Laboratory
Friedman Auditorium
190 Thayer Street
October 6th, 7:00 pm

For live streaming go to:

Edwin Black, human rights author of the award-winning book War Against the Weak, will speak about eugenics and the ethics of human engineering.  Participants will be shocked to learn about the role of America in eugenics during the 19th century, which spread to Hitler's Germany.  Learn about Alexander Graham Bell's role as one of the leaders of the eugenics movement in his campaign against Deaf people who use sign language. Be educated about several groups which were targeted as undesirable by the eugenics movement and the perils around the globe that still persist because of it.  


Brown Language Festival 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016



September 7th, 3-4 Sayles Hall Auditorium

2nd Annual Brown Language Festival

Interested in languages? Wondering what language and culture clubs are active on campus? Unsure of what language you should study?








Hindi- Urdu Week



The last language week of the CLS Language Weeks series for this academic year is Hindi-Urdu Week.

Check out the events calendar and make sure to check out the movie night and the Shaam-e-Ghazal performance which is co-sponsored by the Brown India Initiative.






















Arabic Week
Monday, April 18- Thursday, April 21, 2016





You are cordially invited to attend the events organized by the Arabic program.








5th Annual International Poetry Night



Mark  your calendars! 

April 14th, 2016 - 6 PM 

Smith-Buonanno Hall Room 106

Send a poem in a language other than English and

its English translation to [email protected] by April 10th.







An Evening of Czech Music
Thursday, April 14, 2016









Hebrew Language Week!















This event will begin at 4:00 PM. Check out the line up!











Japanese Language Week




While the end of 2016-17 academic year is approaching, the CLS Language Weeks initiative is continuing full speed with six more language weeks before the finals. April 4-9th is the Japanese Language Week many fun activitites. 








A Symposioum on Genre-Based Language Pedagogies: Free Registration

Please visit the symposium website for registration and other related information.





This week! Don't miss the events between March 14 and 17, 2016.













Italian Language Week
March 14-18, 2016














Portuguese Language Week
 March 7-11, 2016














Spanish Language Week

The Spanish Language Week aims to enrich the cultural awareness of its participants by presenting varied topics of interest that reflect different aspects of Hispanic life.











Brown Language Weeks

Brown Language Weeks will highlight 12 of our languages this semester. We will post the detailed schedule for each week when they are available. Check out the schedule:















Wed., 12/02/15; 3:00-5:00pm
Petteruti Lounge in the Stephen Robert Campus Center

Dr. Maria Luisa Parra, Senior Preceptor at Harvard, will share methodologies, best practices, and personal experiences applicable to teaching any Heritage Language, a language a student has learned at home, but is not the dominant language spoken outside the home. Dr. Parra will speak on Heritage Language learning and how tapping into students' native language can unlock valuable resources, including learning about their culture, language, and ultimately themselves.

Please register here.

This workshop is Sponsored by the Department of Institutional Diversity in collaboration with The Brown University Writing Center, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and The Center for Language Studies.



Polish Culture Week


Check out the Polish culture events next week!












1st Brown Language Festival

Venue: Main Green

Date/time: Wednesday, September 9, 2015,  3PM-6PM

Brown’s first annual Fall Language Festival will provide new and returning students the opportunity to explore all of the fantastic language- and culture-related activities and programs Brown has to offer. The event will allow different language clubs, cultural performance groups, DUGS, and other organizations to showcase their programs and allow students to learn more and even sign up. Furthermore, the event will have delicious food, thrilling performances, and even some contests.

This event is organized by the Center for Language Studies (CLS), which is the hub of more than 25 languages offered at Brown. Our mission is to promote excellence in language teaching and learning by making sure that Brown students achieve advanced proficiency in at least one other language.  

- Festival in which different language groups on campus will have stands and will advertise their respective language and related activities

- Targeted at undergraduates to encourage them to study language and engage with the language community at Brown

- Groups will provide information sheets, fun facts and snacks

- Panels from language related clubs

- Performances by cultural groups

See you all there!