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10/21/2016 to 10/22/2016
When: Oct 21-22, 2016
Where: Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa 
United States

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Conference of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Consortium
October 21-22, 2016
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

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2016 CLAC Conference

This 10th CLAC Conference will explore definitions and comprehensive strategies for infusing foreign language as well as intercultural skill sets and competencies for developing a global mindset throughout the curriculum. The 2016 theme — Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC — emerges from Drake University’s longstanding commitment to provide “an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.” While many educational institutions embrace “global citizenship” and “international engagement” in their mission statements, definitions and practical strategies are not always agreed upon or made explicit. Moreover, the role of language study and use is often entirely absent from the conversation or mentioned as an essentially meaningless requirement with no strategy for integrating it with the rest of the curriculum. The “Drake University Language Acquisition Program” (now the Department of World Languages and Cultures) drew national attention for creating a unique and experimental environment for language acquisition. As a site of innovation in practice and delivery, Drake University offers an appropriate venue for a lively discussion and debate about the future of languages in the curriculum, methods for promoting meaningful language use beyond the language classroom, and CLAC’s role in developing engaged and globally-minded citizens.

Our conference is of interest to both seasoned CLAC practitioners and those in the process of implementing or developing CLAC programs at their institutions. We seek a dialogue for sharing ideas and best practices in our evolving and unique field of education for global citizens. We welcome participation from the broad array of stakeholders promoting international education as a transformational model for learning, teaching and global engagement.  Past participants at our conference have included academic teaching faculty and scholars, student affairs professionals, international educators, community representatives, government officials, and teachers.  CLAC 2015 will provide an opportunity for more extended discussions of ways in which we can expand and advance the CLAC movement.

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