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XXV Modern Languages Department Colloquium: Languages in the Professional World

March 20 at 10:00 am - 2:35 pm
| Richard Harris Terrace

MLD Colloquium the Word Welcome in different languages

The BMCC Department of Modern Languages invites you to the XXV Modern Languages Department Colloquium. The theme of this year’s event is Languages in the Professional World.

The Colloquium will take place on March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. at Richard Harris Terrace (near the cafeteria), 199 Chambers St., Theatre II.

You will hear from professional, alumni and faculty. There will be 15 minute talks, followed by question and answer sessions.

Refreshments will be provided.

  • Find out how professionals are using their languages in the work place: Real experiences from real people!
  • Ask our guests how to find work opportunities, gain confidence speaking other languages, etc.
  • Enhance your resumé with BMCC language credits: Put your languages to work! Gain cultural competence and enrich your college experience by studying abroad: Study languages in China, Spain, France or Italy!
  • Take advantage of BMCC amazing programs: Make the most of your Experiential Learning and Internships, become a language tutor, etc.

The scheduled program is:

9:45 a.m.Light breakfast
10 a.m.Event starts! • Provost Erwin J. Wong
• Modern Languages Department Chair Eda Henao,
• Professor Patrizia Comello Perry, Modern Languages Department
• Professor Berenice Darwich, Modern Languages Department
10:15-11:15 a.m.Session 1
10:15 a.m.Office of Internships and Experiential Learning
• Sharon Reid, Director of Office of Internships and Experiential Learning
10:30 a.m.Italian: International communication and cultural awareness• Nina Robbiani Spinelli, Director of Product Development and Production at Mark Cross USA
10:45 a.m.Majors, Certificates and Student Activities: Modern Languages Department overview• Michael E. Rolland, Modern Languages Department Faculty
10:55 a.m.Questions for guest speakers
11:05-11:15 a.m.Session Break
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.Session 2
11:15 a.m.Arabic: How Arabic can expand your career opportunities• Roa Harizi, Modern Languages Department Faculty
11:30 a.m.Spanish: With great interpretation comes great responsibility• Alina Fernanda Picayo Marbés, Interpreter and Translator
11:45 a.mStudy Abroad with the Modern Languages Department: Learn about the process, apply for travel scholarship funds• Ainoa Íñigo, Modern Languages Department Faculty
11:55 a.m.Questions for guest speakers
12:05-12:40 p.m.Refreshment Break
12:50-1:55 p.m.Session 3
12:50 p.m.Chinese: How language barriers affect social justice and provide language learners with a purpose• Mario Altamirano, Community Health Worker at Project Hospitality, Modern Languages Department Alumni
1:05 p.m.American Sign Language (ASL): Medical and Health professions and Sign Language• Mario Altamirano, Community Health Worker at Project Hospitality, Modern Languages Department Alumni
• Edward Nevarez, Modern Languages Department Faculty and ASL Interpreter
1:20 p.m.Heritage/Native Speakers: Learn about the different tracks available in the Modern Languages Department • Evelin Gamarra, Modern Languages Department Faculty
1:40-1:50 p.m.Session Break
1:50-2:35 p.m.Session 4
1:40 p.m.Where Multilingualism Can Take You! Get involved in Modern Languages Department extra-curricular activities and start filling out your resumé for the future• Amadeo Baltazar, Legal Translator and Interpreter, Modern Languages Department Alumni
1:55 p.m.French: Language proficiency and its many facets• Professor Sophie Maríñez, Modern Languages Department Faculty, Translator and Former Diplomat
2:10 p.m.Center for Career Development: We are here to support and guide you!• Driada Rivas, Interim Director of Career Services
2:25 p.m.Questions for guest speakers
2:35 p.m.Event finishes!• Patrizia Comello Perry, Modern Languages Department Faculty
• Berenice Darwich, Modern Languages Department Faculty

For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages at (212) 220-8105 or lan@bmcc.cuny.edu.

March 20
10:00 AM - 2:35 PM
Open to:
The BMCC Community


Richard Harris Terrace
199 Chamber Street
New York, 10007 United States

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