The European Studies Committee will be sponsoring a European Professional Day tomorrow, April 27, at the college. “Faces of Europe; Languages and Identities” is also being co-sponsored by the Brussels based European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).
The event’s main focus is the European identity concept and the use of language.
The fact that there are more than 200 other languages spoken other than the 23 official languages can make communicating a challenge for Europeans.
“It is important to promote multilingualism in order to create a more socially stable and prosperous Europe, based on intercultural dialogue,” said Dr. Roberto Pennazzato, the president of the Chicago office of EUNIC on the topic of European identity.
Topics discussed in this day-long conference include how Europeans communicate with each other, what is a European cultural identity, and how it is translated through the use of language.
There will be a number of key note speakers such as Lance R. Askildson from the Nanovic Institute for European studies, Csanad Siklos from the Center for European Studies, and many others.
The morning session starts at 8:30 AM where a complimentary continental breakfast will be served. Anyone is welcome to attend.
The afternoon break-out sessions are meant for foreign language teachers in French, Spanish, German, and Italian as part of teacher re-certification program, required by the Illinois Department of Education.
The event will be in SRC 2000 and will end at 4 PM. For more information call (630) 942-2356.