World Languages Day 2022

Southern Illinois University



students on stage during world languages day

World Languages Day 2022

On October 4, the School of Languages and Linguistics hosted 850 students from a dozen schools across the region at the 47th annual World Languages Day. In addition to the School of Languages and Linguistics, offices across campus including the University Museum, Morris Library, the Center for International Education, Political Science, the Digital Xpressions Lab, and the E-Sports arena all held sessions relating to language acquisition and cultures from around the world.

Following the welcomes from organizer Brianna Janssen-Sanchez and Dean Joddy Murray, the high school students were released to attend their choices of more than 50 break-out sessions held during the morning. The students were able to participate in a broad variety of sessions such as a linguistics escape room, study abroad information, artifact identification, Ukraine, American Sign Language history and deaf culture, the influence of Dance Dance Revolution on American culture, and the cultural history of tacos. Students were able to get moving when Liz Taylor from University Communications taught Zumba lessons and Julio Barrenzuela made his annual return to campus to teach them how to dance salsa.

The event is not possible without the support of generous donors and volunteers from campus and the community including Provost Meera Komarraju, The College of Liberal Arts; the School of Languages and Linguistics; State Farm agent Christina Pisoni; the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Paul Frazier; and the Saluki Swim & Dive Team.

Joddy Murray giving opening address to students

Students attending World Languages Day

Political Science faculty presenting on Ukraine during World Languages Day