College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Lingua Franca Speakers

The EML speaker series

Lingua Franca Speakers, a public lecture series founded by the department in 2014, presents talks and readings by well-known and emerging authors and scholars.

We are a diverse department, with specialists in literature and linguistics (in several languages), as well as writing. The unifying theme of our disciplines is language. The term Lingua Franca, a common language, emphasizes the commonalities in our diversity.

Speakers in this series represent diversity in another regard as well: they address the multicultural and multilingual environment of Southern California—an area in which many languages coexist and interact.

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2017-18 Lingua Franca Speakers (including workshops and film screenings)

Dr. Eve Higby (November 16, 2017)

Professor Rubén Pallol (January 8, 2018)

Dr. H. Samy Alim (February 8, 2018)

Chicano/a Writers Speak! Sub/Urban LA in the Chicanx Literary Imagination
Michael Jaime-Becerra and Daniel A. Olivas with Dr. Alvaro Huerta (April 10, 2018)
Sarah Rafael Garcia with Dr. Oscar Romero (April 12, 2018)

The Living Library: Beyond Stereotypes
Dr. Sherrin Frances: "The Materiality of Outsider Libraries and the Trouble They Bring" (May 14, 2018)
The Living Library (May 16, 2018)

2016-17 Lingua Franca Speakers (including workshops and film screenings)

Erin Sweeney (October 18, 2016)

Professor Lee Skinner (October 27, 2016)

Chinese American Film Festival (November 18, 2016)

Dr. Sohail Daulatzai (February 23, 2017)

Catherine Kyle and James Hickson (April 10, 2017)

Margaret Wappler (April 26, 2017)

2015-16 Lingua Franca Speakers (including workshops and film screenings)

Monserrat Bores (November 3, 2015)

Poet Bryan Deitrich (November 19, 2015)

Chinese American Film Festival (November 30, 2015)

Dr. Janina Scarlet (January 21, 2016)

Language Justice, Multilingual Spaces, and Interpretation workshop (January 25, 2016)

Bilingualism: Brain, Mind and Family (February 4, 2016)

Mona Simpson (April 20, 2016)

Professor Stacey Peebles (May 17, 2016)

2014-15 Lingua Franca Speakers

Journalist Sam Quinones (March 3, 2015)

Poet Claudia Rankine (April 13, 2015)

Translator Sophie Hughes (May 4, 2015)

Mexican novelist Cristina Rivera Garza (May 13, 2015)