“Languages at Yale” Symposium honoring Joe Gordon

Panel-1-smallLast Friday, December 18, the CLS was proud to host a symposium in honor of the countless and extraordinary contributions made to language study at Yale University by Joe Gordon, Deputy Dean of Yale College and Dean of Undergraduate Education. Entitled “Language Study at Yale: Past, Present, and Future,” the symposium featured several speeches offering unique perspectives on Dean Gordon’s connection to the people, partnerships, and experiences that have, for decades, contributed to a wealth of opportunities for language study at Yale.

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Words of Welcome

Jonathan Holloway, Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies

Plenary Presentation

“‘Do you know the land?’: Language, opera, sexuality, education” – Ralph Hexter, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor of UC Davis, Distinguished Professor of Classics & Comparative Literature

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Nelleke van Deusen-Scholl, Director of the Center for Language Study & Associate Dean of Yale College


  • Mary Miller, Sterling Professor in the History of Art and Former Dean of Yale College
  • Frank Wolf, Dean Emeritus of the School of Professional Studies, Columbia University
  • Edward Kamens, Sumitomo Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • George Levesque, Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Programs
  • Sybil Alexandrov, Senior Lector II, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Jason Douglass, B.A. Film Studies & East Asian Studies at Yale University

Closing Reflections

Joe Gordon, Deputy Dean of Yale College & Dean of Undergraduate Education

Video 1

(From beginning of event to end of panel discussion – total time approx. 2:09)

“Languages at Yale: Past, Present & Future” Symposium for Joe Gordon – Pt. 1 from Yale Center for Language Study on Vimeo.

Video 2

(Repeats panel discussion and includes remarks by Joe Gordon beginning at 1:27:57)

“Languages at Yale: Past, Present & Future” – Pt. 2 from Yale Center for Language Study on Vimeo.

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