Those of you who are planning to attend the International Congress on 20-25 July in Paris are probably aware that there is a break on Wednesday 23 July . A number of excursions (by bus or train) are offered by the organizing committee to our foreign colleagues. For those who have not made any plans yet and who are fond of biking I would like to organize a tour of central Paris or a trip along the canal de l'Ourcq on the tow-path or in the Bois de Vincennes. We will start from Place de la Bastille, which is the starting point of several bike lanes; bike rentals are available in a shop near by for $12 a day. I would like to know how many people would be interested. I don't think I could take more than about a dozen so please respond asap.
Marina Yaguello Professor of linguistics U.of Paris 7-Denis Didero
The Executive Committee of the Linguistic Society of America recently established the Undergraduate Program Advisory Committee.
The Committee's charge is as follows:
The aim of the Undergraduate Program Advisory Committee is to facilitate the establishment and expansion of undergraduate programs in linguistics at universities, colleges, and community colleges, through a three-pronged effort involving:
- promoting, supporting and assessing efforts for the creation of linguistic programs with an undergraduate focus;
- supporting and assessing efforts to make undergraduate linguistics courses a necessary part of general education curricula and a common elective choice for undergraduates; and
- developing strategies for bringing the value of linguistic studies to the attention of undergraduates.
This effort should yield materials that could be used as a basis for discussion and negotiation with university or college administrators, including curriculum plans, tools for projecting enrollments, tools for financial analysis, and strategic advice from successful undergraduate linguistics programs. It should involve making the existence of these resources known to linguists, especially those a institutions which do not yet have well-established undergraduate linguistics programs, a plan for communicating the urgency of this issue to academic linguists throughout the US, and an assessment of the usefulness and feasibility of the LSA's continuing to provide such assistance and guidance.
The membership of this new Committee includes:
Wayne Cowart, University of Southern Maine Janet Fodor, CUNY Graduate Center Jorge Hankamer, University of California, Santa Cruz Rae Moses, Northwestern University Susan Steele, University of Arizona
Individuals interested in participating in the activities of this Committee can contact the members as indicated below:
- promoting, supporting and assessing efforts for the creation of linguistic programs with an undergraduate focus - Jorge Hankamer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- supporting and assessing efforts to make undergraduate linguistics courses a necessary part of general education curricula and a common elective choice for undergraduates - Wayne Cowar (email@example.com)
- developing strategies for bringing the value of linguistic studies to the attention of undergraduates - Rae Moses (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- general queries and ideas - Susan Steele (email@example.com) or Janet Fodor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A kick-off symposium is planned for the 1998 LSA meeting in New York. Details to follow.