Why World Languages Matter in Social Justice Education

May 12, 2021

In this webinar, University of Minnesota language educators explored questions related to the intersection of language and social justice. What are the goals of language education in the 21st century? How does the study of languages help us understand different viewpoints? When is language a barrier to social justice efforts?


  • Kate Paesani, Director, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), and Affiliate Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lauren Goodspeed, Lecturer, Department of French and Italian
  • Mandy Menke, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Helena Ruf, Senior Lecturer, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch