Board of Visitors Lounge of the Van Dyke Center, Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm
Dr. Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, a respected expert on bilingualism and language acquisition with publications in English and Spanish, will discuss how learning a second language allows us to see the world differently at this year's annual Richard Joshua Reynolds Lectureship in the Humanities at Emory & Henry College. Dr. de Garavito proposes that the benefits from learning a second language include greater understanding of different cultures, better job possibilities and greater mental flexibility.
Dr. de Garavito is a professor in the Hispanic studies program and modern languages and literatures at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
The Richard Joshua Reynolds Lectureship in the Humanities was established through the generosity of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The lectureship is named in honor of an alumnus of Emory & Henry College, R. J. Reynolds (1850-1918), who attended the College during the 1860s. Mr. Reynolds was noted for his philanthropy in the fields of education and public service in the South.
The lectureship presents annually scholars and artists who have distinguished themselves in the humanities. Reynolds lecturers since 1963 have included such illustrious persons as Saturday Review editor Norman Cousins, poets John Crowe Ransom and Paul Roche, Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill, philosophers Sidney Hook, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Jonathan Moreno, literary critics Wayne Booth and Northrop Frye, drama critic John Simon, classicists Peter Arnott, James Redfield, and William Arrowsmith, theologian David Tracy, novelists Chaim Potok and Marge Piercy, composer Randall Thompson, opera critic and translator William Weaver, architectural historian Stephen Murray, playwright Lavonne Mueller, archaeologists Carol and Eric Meyers, poet and rights activist Marjorie Agosin, music critic and historian Nadine Hubbs, theatre arts instructor Grant McKernie, Shakespeare scholar Paul Cantor, bioethics philosopher Carl Elliott, cultural arts critic Dave Hickey, music history scholar Christopher Wilkenson, and anthropologist and photojournalist Daniel J. Hoffman.
The lectures are free to the public.