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Public Lecture: Globalization, its discontents, and the future of multilingualism, Prof Kendall King, 6 April 2017

Learning, University of Melbourne

Date: 23 February 2017

Lecture: Globalization, its discontents, and the future of multilingualism (or why language learning is more critical than ever)

Speaker: Prof Kendall King, University of Minnesota

When: 6 April 2017, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West, The University of Melbourne

Registration: Seating is limited please register via The University of Melbourne Alumni website.

Join us for a public lecture on multilingualism, which will be part of the workshop on Language practices and language policies in multilingual contexts at The University of Melbourne on 6 and 7 April.


The world is presently facing the most massive refugee crisis of the last century with millions displaced and struggling to (re)settle; simultaneously, thousands of languages are at risk of extinction. In light of the most recent wave of globalization as well as world-wide reactionary moves built on nationalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism, this talk reviews current research advances in our understanding of multilingualism and language learning. This review points to the ways individual multilingualism and policies that support multilingualism are advantageous, and can help meet some of the current challenges presented by globalization, and potentially help us overcome the deep divisions that increasingly define our societies.


Prof Kendall King

Kendall King is Professor of Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN, USA). A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was previously faculty at Georgetown University, Stockholm University, and New York University. King’s research examines multilingualism and second language learning in contexts of rapid language loss and language reclamation. With over 100 publications, her work has been widely published in academic and popular books, and within academic journals; her research has also been recognized and supported with multiple awards (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, Helen C. Bailey Award). For two decades, she has lead undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. courses in TESOL, applied linguistics and language research methods.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University