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This session describes how two transnational/intercultural learning projects succeeded in and out of the classroom because of common learning objectives fostered by multilingual ability and/or professional translation. The first is the Association of Caribbean Historians' annual conference including the conference field trip, which occurred in Cuba in 2016. The ACH fosters integrated Caribbean historical practice across linguistic lines. The second is the Sex and Sexualities elective at the NY Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture at St Petersburg University in Russia. It includes Russian students aiming to become professional translators who share a progressive gender politics with international students.

Session Goals and Outcomes

  • to demonstrate the key role of multilingual ability and professional translation in fostering transnational/intercultural learning
  • to demonstrate how translation succeeds when communities are already committed to a common project of learning
  • to demonstrate how both in the classroom/conference setting and in the field/on internships community-building in diverse global settings is fostered by common learning goals and translation
  • to reflect on learning outcomes in person-to-person communities that surmount/bypass transnational, intercultural, and linguistic differences

Presenters

Anne Macpherson, PhD, Associate Professor of History, The College at Brockport

Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Director of Women & Gender Studies, The College at Brockport

Presenter(s)

Anne Macpherson, PhD, is a member of Brockport's History faculty. Raised in Canada, she did French immersion and then studied Spanish intensively in Costa Rica. A specialist in 20th century Caribbean political, gender, and labor history, she has done research in Belize and Puerto Rico. Her book on Belizean women's history won the Association of Caribbean Historians' (ACH) book prize in 2008. Her book on New Deal labor reform in Puerto Rico, 1937-41, is nearing completion. She teaches modern world/food history, Latin American, and Caribbean history. She has attended ACH conferences in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Belize, and most recently Cuba.

Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, is Director of Women and Gender Studies at Brockport and teaches Global Perspectives on Women and Gender among other classes. She researches women’s global human rights, sex and gender in literature and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. She has founded two journals, serves as lead faculty for a Collaborative Online International Learning project linking students at Brockport and Novgorod State University in Russia and teaches a summer Women and Gender Studies Seminar at the NY Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture at St Petersburg University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Oct 6th, 11:00 AM Oct 6th, 12:15 PM

Translation and Community-building for Transnational Learning in Cuba and Russia

Seymour College Union, Room 119

This session describes how two transnational/intercultural learning projects succeeded in and out of the classroom because of common learning objectives fostered by multilingual ability and/or professional translation. The first is the Association of Caribbean Historians' annual conference including the conference field trip, which occurred in Cuba in 2016. The ACH fosters integrated Caribbean historical practice across linguistic lines. The second is the Sex and Sexualities elective at the NY Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture at St Petersburg University in Russia. It includes Russian students aiming to become professional translators who share a progressive gender politics with international students.

Session Goals and Outcomes

  • to demonstrate the key role of multilingual ability and professional translation in fostering transnational/intercultural learning
  • to demonstrate how translation succeeds when communities are already committed to a common project of learning
  • to demonstrate how both in the classroom/conference setting and in the field/on internships community-building in diverse global settings is fostered by common learning goals and translation
  • to reflect on learning outcomes in person-to-person communities that surmount/bypass transnational, intercultural, and linguistic differences

Presenters

Anne Macpherson, PhD, Associate Professor of History, The College at Brockport

Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Director of Women & Gender Studies, The College at Brockport