2018 ADFL Summer Seminar North

Reconfiguring the Languages in Higher Education: Structures, Spaces, Advocacy

Seminar North, held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, will highlight new spaces, literal and metaphorical, for the teaching and learning of languages and literature—curricular changes, administrative reconfigurations, department mergers, new models for humanities advocacy—in the academy. Topics will include innovative curricula and program design, the foreign language requirement in the twenty-first century, measuring student outcomes, digital humanities, and how the public humanities can have a positive impact on language departments and programs.

When. 30 May–2 June 2018.

Where. Accommodations and meetings are at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, located on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

Host.  Michigan State University.


  • The Foreign Language Requirement
  • K-16 Connections
  • Assessing Foreign Language Outcomes
  • Small Program Management
  • Advocacy and the Department
  • Mentoring Mid-Career Faculty Members
  • Digital Humanities
  • Public Humanities
  • Translation and Interpreting in the Curriculum
  • How to Talk to and Work with Administrators
  • Preparing Graduate Students for Today’s Job Market
  • Curriculum Design and Strategic Planning
  • Managing the Department Budget
  • Recruiting Students to the Major

Preseminar Workshops.
Registration and Check-In Information for Preseminar Workshops. Workshop participants may check in from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 May. The four workshops will begin together with a dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; workshops continue from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on 31 May. There is a $195 registration fee for the preseminar workshop, which includes all meals and materials.

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New Chairs in Languages. Leaders: Carol A. Kruger (Davidson Coll.) and Charlotte A. Melin (Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities). In the preseminar workshop for new chairs, those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can gather practical advice and have questions answered by seasoned administrators about all aspects of chairing.

Managing Small Programs. Leaders: Megan M. Ferry (Union Coll., NY), Timothy B. Malchow (Valparaiso Univ.), and Denise McCracken (St. Charles Community Coll., MO). This preseminar workshop will discuss leadership issues and challenges in programs with very few faculty members, programs often but not necessarily in LCTLs. It is intended for program leaders whether or not they are department chairs.

Language Consultancy Initiative. Leaders: Dennis Looney (MLA) and William Nichols (Georgia State Univ.). With the goal of training potential consultants for future assignments, this preseminar workshop will review a wide variety of the issues addressed in a typical ADFL-MLA Language Consultancy, including enrollments, majors, curriculum design, faculty governance, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Reimagining FL Curricula a Decade after the MLA 2007 Report: Culture, Innovation, and Critical Thinking. Leaders: Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol (St. Olaf Coll.) and Maggie Broner (St. Olaf Coll.). A decade later, foreign language programs are still grappling with the challenge in the MLA 2007 Report to situate language study within a larger context of cultural inquiry across all levels of instruction. In this preseminar workshop participants will explore how to conceptualize and implement innovative curricula that place culture at the center of instruction. Using examples from our own institution, participants will imagine ways to engage their faculty in this kind of curricular reform at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Participants of the 2017 ADFL Summer Seminar at the opening dinner

Participants of the 2017 ADFL Summer Seminar at the opening dinner

Registration and Seminar Times.

On-site seminar check-in will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, 31 May. The seminar begins that afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and concludes at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, 2 June. The registration fee of $595 for ADFL members ($850 for nonmembers) includes all seminar meals and receptions. Register online at www.adfl.mla.org. Participants sometimes make the seminar part of a family vacation, and guests are welcome to join participants for meals. Contact the ADFL staff for costs.


To make hotel reservations, please visit the hotel’s reservation page, select special rates, and enter group code 1805MODERN; or call 800 875-5090 and refer to the Modern Language Association room block. The group rate is $122/night for a single or double room, plus tax, and includes wireless Internet access in sleeping and meeting rooms. The cutoff date for guaranteed reservations is 1 May 2018. After this date, any unsold rooms in the block reserved for ADFL will become available to the general public.


The Kellogg Hotel is located at 219 S. Harrison Rd. in East Lansing, a fifteen-minute drive from Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, and a seventy-five-minute drive from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). The Kellogg Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to/from Lansing airport.

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Taxi: The hotel recommends Green Cab (517-643-1905) or Royal Express (517-489-9717) for taxi services.

Commercial Shuttle & Train: The Michigan Flyer Airport Shuttle offers bus transportation between Detroit Airport and the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing. Limited Amtrak Service is also available to the East Lansing Station. Both the bus stop and the Amtrak station are located approximately one mile from the hotel; see below for information on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle.

Hotel Shuttle: The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center offers pre-arranged transportation to and from the following locations:
* Lansing Capital Region International Airport
* Michigan Flyer Bus Stop
* East Lansing Greyhound / Amtrak Station

Please contact the hotel’s Guest Services Representatives by calling (517) 432-4000 or (800)
875-5090 to schedule your airport transportation (24 hours prior notification is
required). The Kellogg Hotel transportation service is offered from 7:00 a.m. (departing hotel) until
10:30 p.m. (last available time for scheduled pick-up).

Arrival transportation is scheduled according to the flight or bus arrival time. Please have your flight time, flight number and airline available at the time of booking. Please
also feel free to provide a cell phone number when making your reservation so our staff
can easily coordinate your pick-up.

Pre-scheduled departure shuttles leave on the top of the hour from the hotel’s main

Parking and Driving: Covered parking is available for a daily fee of $12; overnight guests have parking included with their guestroom. Please visit goo.gl/BYzngT for detailed driving directions.

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