Nov. 10: Faculty can learn to better teach diverse students

PULLMAN, Wash.—Linguist Carl Jubran, president of the Institut Americain Universitaire in Aix en Provence, France, will present “Understanding How the ‘Language of Power’ Shapes Identities” at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in Butch’s Den at the Washington State University Compton Union Building (CUB, L-60).

Hosted by the WSU Writing Program, the event is free and open to the public, and will be videostreamed to WSU campuses in Vancouver, Everett, Tri-Cities, and Spokane.

Jubran is also featured at an afternoon workshop for instructional faculty and graduate students titled “Moving Beyond Deficit-Based Thinking: Toward a More Inclusive Practice of Diversity.” It is set for Noon-1:30 p.m. on the same day in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) room 518.

“Dr. Jubran, who is internationally known in his field, will contribute to our knowledge of how to better teach to, and evaluate the work of, students at our university,” said Victor Villanueva, WSU Regents Professor and program director.  “His presentation and workshop are part of the Writing Program Speaker Series which seeks to engage faculty and graduate students in an exploration of how to strengthen their writing instruction for multilingual and often linguistically marginalized students.”

In this workshop we will explore the many layers within any given culture and disentangle the many pejorative perceptions with which we are often programmed at an early age. A close look at categorization, stereotyping, and marginalization will be explored within a specific culture. In addition, participants will be challenged to consider the more complicated identity models of colonized and fragmented subjectivities of North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.”

Jubran participated in a masters program at the Sorbonne, Paris IV, through New York University and later earned a master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics and a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He has developed and taught courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, world civilization, and global studies and has led and overseen programs in France, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, and Spain. His multilingual fluency in French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew positions him to lead students, faculty, and staff in developing multicultural understanding and learning the essential importance of the interconnections among social equity and justice, economic viability and environmental vitality in building a sustainable community in today’s world.

Media contact:

Xyanthe Neider, Director of Assessment, WSU Writing Program, 509-335-6471,