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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 2, 2010

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “Expanding Cultural Diversity:  Does Learning another Language Matter?” will be the theme of a four-day world language and culture symposium sponsored by Ramapo College of New Jersey beginning Wednesday, March 3.  The symposium is free and open to the public.

The main events of the symposium will take place on March 3. Jon M. Strolle, a professor of the Graduate School of Language and Educational Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will be the keynote speaker, with an introduction by Dr. Hassan Nejad, Dean of the School of American and International Studies and Dr. Rosetta D’Angelo, Professor of Italian Studies.

Strolle’s keynote presentation will be followed by various readings and presentations by students and faculty members exploring the benefits of learning another language, including the event “The International At Home,” which will help discover various countries, languages and cultures with international students. There will be food tastings, music and exhibitions from Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and Greece.

The goal of the symposium is to expand cultural awareness through personal experience and explore the value of cultural diversity in a globalizing world, including the importance of learning a world language. Among the reasons cited for learning another language are joining the global community, improving one’s English and enhancing travel experiences.

The World Language Symposium will be sponsored by Ramapo College’s School of American and International Studies.  The main event will be on Wednesday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the College campus. Other events will be held on March 1, 2 and 4; for information on these events, please call Dr. D’Angelo at 201.684.7408 [or visit the following link]. Participants may stay for part of or the entire program.  No registration is required; attendees are asked to arrive at the Student Center SC-219 (Friends Hall) prior to the start time.  For more information, please call 201.684.7408.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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