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Collaborating and Communicating with Publics: Engagement for Social Impact

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom Meeting

Event Details

Collaborating and Communicating with Publics: Engagement for Social Impact 

Wednesday, July 28th

12:30 PM PDT/3:30 PM EDT

This webinar, organized by the AAAL Public Affairs and Engagement Committee, highlights meaningful projects designed and executed collaboratively with colleagues from diverse disciplines, professionals from non-academic institutions, and/or members of local communities. Panelists will share insights about communicating and collaborating with publics in a range of real-world settings, reflecting on successes, challenges, and strategies they have experienced -- thereby providing novel perspectives for webinar participants about the roles of deep understanding, engagement, and social impact in our field. There will be ample time for discussion. This session will be open to AAAL members and recorded for wider access afterwards.

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Event Format

5 minute Overview/Introduction 

20 minutes total - 2-minute brief descriptions of each chapter (Chapter Authors)

2-3 minutes breakout room logistics

15-20 minutes breakout rooms 

10-15 minutes for large group discussion 

5 minutes of wrap up 

Goal: The authors’ synopses serve as a jumping off point for small and large group discussion of possibilities, strategies, challenges involved in engaging in this kind of work.

Book Information

From the website:

Drawing on--but also extending--the theories and methods of applied linguistics, this book demonstrates how scholars of language might work together and with non-language specialists to address pressing concerns and issues of our time. Chapters explore efforts to recognize the legitimacy of stigmatized language varieties in public and institutional domains, museum-based science education for linguistically diverse children, how corpus analysis might illuminate the tension between the language choices and commitments of certain leaders, the embodied and artistic forms of meaning-making that challenge norms of Whiteness, and the transformative power of translanguaging in community-based theater.

In addition, the volume demonstrates ways to enhance equity in healthcare delivery for immigrant families, examines the experiences of cultural health navigators working with refugee-background families, and highlights the value of raising public awareness of language issues related to social justice. These accounts show that applied linguists stand ready to interface with other scholars, other institutions, and the public to make socially-engaged and impactful contributions to the study of language, society, education, and access. Collectively, the authors respond to an important gap in the field and take a significant step towards a more socially-just, accessible, and inclusive approach to applied linguistics.

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Doris Warriner & Elizabeth Miller

Christina Higgins

Leslie C. Moore

Elizabeth Miller

Obed Arango & Holly Link

Ellen Skilton

Emily Feuerherm, Rachel Showstack, Maricel Santos, Glenn Martinez, Holly Jacobson

Katherine Morelli & Doris Warriner 

Netta Avineri, Eric Johnson, Bernard Perley, Jonathan Rosa, Ana Celia Zentella

Betsy Rymes

For More Information, Please Contact: 

Netta Avineri
Public Affairs & Engagement Committee (PAEC) Chair