FROM CRISIS MANAGEMENT TO INNOVATION: Reimagining the Role of World Languages in the 21st Century

Hope College Conference

OCTOBER 6–7, 2017

Section on the Shared Languages Program:


The purpose of the Crossroads Shared Languages Program is to offer a broader selection of language courses than any one college could offer by itself with its current staffing. On several campuses traditional languages, such as German or French, have been experiencing under-enrollment in upper-level courses, which makes these programs increasingly unsustainable. At the same time, there is increasing demand for lesser-taught languages, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Korean, etc., that require a well-conceived infrastructure to grow into sustainable programs. In her talk, Gabriele will outline how the Shared Languages Program has a strong potential to successfully address these challenges.

The GLCA is happy to make participation for GLCA colleagues possible through the Mellon Crossroads grant.


Gabriele Dillman


Gabriele Dillmann is the Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Associate Professor of German at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She also directs the GLCA’s Shared Languages Program, which encompasses 13 private liberal arts colleges across the Midwest.


Special invite for GLCA participants:

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) will make funds available for faculty and administrators from GLCA schools to participate in this conference. GLCA will cover:

  • Mileage at the GLCA rate (we encourage you to carpool!)
  • Cost of conference hotel for Thursday and Friday nights
  • Registration fee (which includes all conference meals)

Participants must register for the conference and book a room at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center or the Double Tree Holland.

At the conclusion of the conference, a form will be emailed to conference attendees to be reimbursed for mileage, hotel and conference registration. GLCA will not reimburse conference fees or hotel costs for cancellations made after the deadlines specified by the hotel and conference organizers (see “Cancellations and Refunds” below for dates).


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