8:30-9:00 Coffee/Danish Registration
9:00-9:15 Alondra Nelson Welcoming Remarks (Video archive)
9:15-10:15 Nick Byrne “How university language centres respond to the challenges of the multilingual city - the LUCIDE project and beyond" (Video Archive)
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:30 Language panel
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Social Sciences Panel
3:30-3:45 Coffee break
3:45-4:30 Roundtable discussion - Sébastien Dubreil moderating

Nick Byrne (Video archive) has been Director of the Language Centre at The London School of Economics and Political Science since 1999. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow and was Deputy Secretary of CercleS – the European Confederation of Language Centres. His articles have appeared in the THES, Linguist, CILT Higher and he has given papers at a range of language conferences. In 2009, he received the Institute of Linguists’ award for his 20-year contribution to promoting languages in higher education.

David Malinowski (Video archive) is Language Technology and Research Specialist at Yale’s Center for Language Study. With an MA in TESOL (San Francisco State University) and Ph.D. in Education (UC Berkeley), David designs professional development opportunities for language faculty, supports technology-enhanced learning initiatives, and conducts research examining the role of “place” across online and community-based sites of language learning and teaching.

Steve Welsh is the Senior Manager for Distance Learning for the Shared Course Initiative, a Mellon-funded collaboration between Columbia, Cornell, and Yale Universities to share instruction of less commonly taught languages. One of the coordinators of today's symposium, Steve came to Columbia in 2007 to work in educational technology, and has been with the Language Resource Center since 2013. He is also a doctoral candidate at Teachers College in Communications, Media, and Learning Technologies Design. He tweets @SteveDotEdu.

Agnieszka Legutko (Video archive)(Ph.D., Columbia University), is a Lecturer in Yiddish and Director of the Yiddish Language Program at Columbia University. She specializes in modern Yiddish literature, language, and culture, women and gender studies, and spirit possession in Judaism. In her work, she explores the possibilities offered by digital humanities in Yiddish literature, culture, and language instruction and is an advocate of integrating technology in the classroom. She is currently developing an online archive called Mapping Yiddish New York in cooperation with CCNMTL.

Reyes Llopis-García (Video archive) holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Nebrija University in Spain. Her major areas of research are Second Language Acquisition and Cognitive Linguistics, and she also works with the application of Educational Technology and Social Media in the foreign language classroom. She is a member of the faculty at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures since 2009, where she co-directed the Spanish Language Program from 2011 to 2014.

Andrew Ross (Video archive) is head of Learning Support Services in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.  He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California - Berkeley in French, and got his start in language technology at the Berkeley Language Center and the Mellon Foundation's Project 2001 at Middlebury College.  Ross came to ASU in 2010 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was the Director of the Language Resource Center and Associate Director for Emerging Instructional Technologies.

Josef Sorett (Video archive) is Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University as well as the Associate Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL). Josef is the founding director of the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), which is located within Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). As an interdisciplinary scholar of religion and race in the Americas, Josef employs primarily historical and literary approaches to the study of religion in black communities and cultures in the United States.

Van C. Tran (Video archive) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He is the faculty organizer of the interdisciplinary Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods, including the popular undergraduate seminar Immigrant New York.

Leah Meisterlin (Video archive) is an urbanist, architect, and planner, a geosocial data scientist, geographic information systems specialist, and cartographer. Currently, she is a partner at Office:MG and a term Assistant Professor of Architecture at Barnard & Columbia. Her research is primarily focused on concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Within this research and in practice, she specializes in design driven by quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, often paired with critical cartography and architectural representation.

Donald Davis (Video archive) is the Ragnar Nurkse Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University. He did his undergraduate work on social and ethical philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia in 1992. Professor Davis was on the faculty at Harvard University from 1992-1999. He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics at Columbia from 2001 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. His current research interests focus on the economies of regions and cities, although he also has considerable background in international economics. His most recent paper is titled: "Spatial and Social Frictions in the City: Evidence From Yelp!"

Sébastien Dubreil(Ph.D., Emory University in 2002) is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His research interests include the definition of culture in the foreign language classroom, its place in the curriculum, and the methods of assessment of the acquisition of culture. He has extensively investigated the use of multimedia technologies (video and the Internet) in the teaching of culture in the foreign language classroom. He is also interested in French and Francophone cinema and enjoys teaching film.