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The Power of Language: "U.S. Language Policy Five Years after 9/11"

November 17, 2006
Nashville, USA
+1 (212) 439 8700

As part of the largest foreign language conference in the U.S.A., the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Goethe-Institut New York has for the first time proposed and organized a special event focusing on current developments in world language policy in the U.S.A.

The plenary session focuses on how to help move languages into the forefront on America’s national security and economic development platform, legislative agenda, and business and industry needs in preparation for building a global workforce.
The session will feature prominent leaders of the professional and academic communities, discussing how each initiative has served the agenda for languages in the United States.


• Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton, Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD;
• Robert Slater National Security Education Program
• Alfred Mockett, Committe for Economic Development
• Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University
• Uwe Rau, Deputy Director, Goethe-Institut New York;
• Paul Sandrock, President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
• Bret Lovejoy, ACTFL Executive Director • Keith Cothrun, Las Cruces High School, (Moderator)

This is the only event of its kind in the U.S.A taking place in conjunction with the international project of the Goethe-Institut called “The Power of Language”.

Goethe-Institut New York

Publication on "The Power of Language"

A multimedia publication reflects the role of language in a globalised world.

Online-Publikationen zu „Die Macht der Sprache“

ergänzend zu der im Langenscheidt Verlag erschienenen Buchpublikation „Die Macht der Sprache“.