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Is Slovakia 'Crying Wolf'? The Globalizing Effect of English on Slovak Language and Culture
Change is the one constant we can truly rely on in our lives. Some changes are welcome; others are perceived as detrimental. The presentation will highlight the changes English triggers within Slovak society and its language. It will also consider the options that exist for small nations when looking for strategies that might protect the cornerstones of their identity while allowing them to remain autonomous and relevant members of an ever-changing and developing community of nations.
About the Speaker
Jela Kehoe is a lecturer of English language and literature at the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia. She earned her Ph.D. in translation studies from Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra and just prior to her arrival to the Nanovic Institute completed a two-year term as vice-dean for education. With research interests spanning the relationship of language and identity, this spring at Notre Dame Professor Kehoe is exploring the written and oral traditions of Ireland, including the influences of imperialism and national mythologies, as well as the teaching of English in the American educational system.
The event is free and open to the public.
Lunch is available for participants while supplies last.