Presentations

These presentations were part of our Speaker Series.

Robert Miller spoke at the National Museum of Language on Oral Literature and Performance in Ancient Israel. “Oral Tradition” is a phrase that sparks the imagination, and often what is meant by it is little more than imagination. What was literature really like in an oral society? And what is an “oral society” in any case, especially when the term is used for societies long after the rise of writing? This presentation explores the nature of orality and literacy in ancient Israel, the nature of its oral literature, and the ways in which this literature would have been performed and received.

David Crystal spoke at NML about the efforts to create language museums in other countries.



Charles Stansfield spoke at the 2011 Annual Dinner

Emerging American Language in 1812

Our newest exhibit is now available at the Museum. Visual Thesaurus magazine has published “War and Words,” an article by our exhibit consultant and lexicographer, Orin Hargraves.

Talkin’ About Talk: a radio program based on the book, The Five-Minute Linguist

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Global Careers in Language

A forum co-Sponsored by The National Museum of Language, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the National Capital Language Resource Center.

Maritza G. Gonzalez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Maritza G. Gonzalez a Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chaired by Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano. Maritza was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish. Maritza plans on becoming a physician with a background in promotion of public health within the Latino community. WATCH

Richard L. Buangan, Department of Commerce, Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Richard L. Buangan who joined the United States Foreign Service in 1999 and is currently enrolled in Chinese Mandarin language training to prepare him for his next assignment as Deputy Press Spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China in 2008. Richard served as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. He is the recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Buangan holds a BA in Political Science and Economics Magna Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and speaks French and Spanish. WATCH

Michael Choi, Department of Commerce, Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Michael Choi an NSEP Flagship Fellowship in 2004 who studied advanced Korean. He now works as an International Trade Specialist focusing on Korea/Taiwan with the Market Access and Compliance section of the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce. WATCH

Stacia Falat, National Security Education Program (NSEP), Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Stacia Falat a Research Specialist supporting NSEP award recipients who are seeking federal positions to fulfill their service requirement. WATCH

Edmond Collier, National Security Education Program (NSEP), Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Edmond Collier the Deputy Director of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). He wrote the guidance that established procedures for NSEP. Dr. Collier directs the program’s external affairs and chairs the Service Committee, which approves federal work done by NSEP award recipients. WATCH

Everette Jordan, National Virtual Translation Center, Global Career Opportunities & Languages

Global Career Opportunities & Languages is a forum held on February 27, 2007 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to inform young people of the potential careers they might find that would It was presented by the National Museum of Language (NML), in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). This segment is a highlight of the talk given by Everette Jordan the founding Director of the Intelligence Community’s National Virtual Translation Center. In this role, he and his staff have created a national cadre of translators whose mission is to handle the overflow of foreign language material needing translation by the various agencies and bureaus within the Intelligence Community. A translator by training, Mr. Jordan has held several working-level, managerial, administrative, and staff positions within the Intelligence Community and Capitol Hill. Realizing that language ability is a perishable commodity, he works to maintain his proficiency in Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. He holds a B.A. in Russian from the University of Md. and an M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. WATCH