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WorldView Good Reads - Fall 2016

Published: October 24, 2016

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

The White Helmets of Syria. Syria’s White Helmets are ordinary people who risk their own well-being every day to save lives in the rubble of cities like Aleppo. Read Jared Malsin’s excellent profile in TIME.

Changing The World - Poem by Frederick J.B. Moore II. We are a language program, and poetry is magical language. So what does poetry tell us about our mission?

How many Swiss regularly use at least four languages? You’d be surprised. Rise to the challenge - join our Swiss Week!

Positive Peace - What attitudes, institutions and structures create and sustain peaceful societies? Read the 2016 Positive Peace report

Learn new languages to get ahead. Is it important for a scientist to learn foreign languages? Yes, says Alexander Birbrair, a Russian Israeli who grew up in Brazil and lived in Spain. ‘‘What about English, you ask? In fact, I didn’t learn a word of it until I was 24.’‘

Arabic calligraphy: from language to modern art. Calligraphy merges the boundaries between language and art. Read how Arabic calligrapher Mohamed Abido showcased the power of his art to challenge societal conventions—from Egypt’s Daily News.

The Learning Generation. Investing in education for a changing world. The Prime Minister of Norway, the Presidents of Malawi, Indonesia, and Chile, and the Director-General of UNESCO convened a commission to reinvigorate the case for investing in education and to chart a path for investment to develop the potential of all of the world’s young people. Read the Commission’s report, chaired by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

4 reasons to learn a new language. English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, so why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue. It’s a good listen.

Playing with Language

By Paul Magnuson | Published: October 12, 2016

There just aren’t that many high school research departments around, so as the director of one, I mostly get to make up what we are doing. Several of the projects we’re working on relate to learning language, an interest of mine that started with my first Kursteilnehmer learning group in Waldsee, the German Language Village, in 1988. Here are two cool projects we’ve worked on here at LAS Educational Research.

Das Waldsee BioHaus -- A Stepping Stone to the 2000-Watt Society Leap

By Stephan Tanner, Principal, INTEP LLC, and architect of the Waldsee BioHaus, winner of the Minnesota Environmental Prize. | Published: September 16, 2016

It was my privilege to have worked on the first certified Passive House building in the Americas = das BioHaus at Waldsee – the German Language Village at Concordia Language Villages (CLV) in Bemidji, Minn. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary causes me to reflect on how quickly time passes and the importance for all of making immediate, lasting improvements.

A Secret

By Dr. Tove I. Dahl | Published: August 10, 2016

I have a secret. It is encoded in my language. It is an expression of who I am. It is an expression of where I come from. It is my culture.

My culture is the keeper of my heritage and serves as a personal compass, guiding who I am and who I can become. It is my home.

Powerful Arrivals and Community Stays

By Patricia Thornton | Published: July 29, 2016

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Helping villagers develop a new perspective and a new global view is never left to chance. And it all starts on the first day of a Village session.

Arriving at Concordia Language Villages is a signature experience and those first moments and next few hours set the stage for the stay. Approaching the Village ‘gate’ indicates to villagers that once they cross the border, they are entering a special place where they will join a community of language and culture explorers. They will, in fact, become citizens of the Village.

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