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Amelia Tseng – Spanish in the Global City: Intergenerational Insights into Language, Diversity, and Social Justice from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

Monday, October 2, 2017

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

This event will showcase the intersection of Spanish as a language, an aspect of diversity and a driver of social justice, within the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Dr. Amelia Tseng holds her Ph.D and M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her M.A. in Spanish linguistics from Arizona State University, and her B.A. in English Honors and Spanish Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College. Dr. Tseng directed the American University Bilingual Education program from 2014-2016 and is Scholar in Residence in the American University School of Education, Adjunct Lecturer in the Georgetown University Department of Linguistics, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Dr. Tseng’s research and teaching interests center on multilingualism, migration, and identity. She has published on bilingualism and migration and taught languages, linguistics, and education at the university and K-12 levels. Her university teaching and research have been recognized through awards from American University, Georgetown University, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the National Science Foundation. At American University she is co-Principal Investigator on the project Bilingualism and Latin@s in D.C.: Exploring Language Use and Cultural Identity, Resource Access, and Metropolitan Mobility, funded by the American University Metropolitan Policy Center and Center for Latin American and Latinos Studies. This project examines language practices, access to resources, and their impact on multiple generations of Latino immigrants’ social experience and is the first to specifically address language access and attitudes across immigrant generations in the changing D.C. metropolitan area, which is characterized by transnationalism, mobility, and superdiversity.

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