This Week in LACS 2/12/2024

In this Edition: **Chair Office Hours changed T, and virtual only on R, SEACS Program, AI Presentation, Mini Grants, Inclusive Excellence Grants, **

I hope you all had a restful weekend.

Chair Office Hours this week: 

Tuesday (changed hours) 8:30-10:30 am Mebane Hall 435, Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm Mebane Hall 435, Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm Virtual Only (Zoom)

Dates and Events this Week

This Month is Black History Month

Tuesday, February 13

  • Reappointment Workshop: Professional Faculty, 3:00 – 4:20 pm, Virtual (Register)

Wednesday, February 14

Friday, February 16

  • 12:20-12:40 pm, Presentation “In Defense of the Foreign Language Requirement,” Chair to the COS Faculty Council, Science 115
  • 2:00-4:00 pm, Provost Troyer Meet and Greet with CHESS, Chair Presentation on SEP in LACS, Fretwell 100 
  • 12:30-2:00 pm, First Session of SEACS Conference, 4th floor Mebane Hall 
  • 2:15-3:45 pm, Second Session of SEACS Conference, 4th floor Mebane Hall 
  • 4:00-6:00 pm, SEACS Social Hour, Flying Saucer
  • LACS Presentation Series – Conversations about AI – Chris Mellinger and Jeff Killman, “AI in the Language Industry”, 12:30-2:00 pm, panel at SEACS, LRC and Zoom

Saturday, February 17

Looking Ahead

Dates and Events

February 19

  • Deadline for O. Max Gardner Award nominations, emailed to Jen Knight 

February 20

  • Casa Della Cultura Italiana Scholarship Award Ceremony, 4:30-5:30 pm, 434 Mebane Hall (LRC)

February 22-23

February 23

  • 2:30-4:00 pm, Virtual Replacement Department Meeting,
  • Japanese Speech Contest, 2:30-4:00 pm, Fretwell 100
  • NEH Application Writing Workshop, find information on the website and register.

February 27

  • Workshop: Recruiting and Supporting Employees with Disabilities, 12:00-1:30 pm, Please register

March 1

  • Register for 2nd Annual UNC Charlotte AI Institute

March 2

March 8

  • Deadline to submit proposals for 2nd Annual UNC Charlotte AI Institute. Submit  proposals

March 13

March 15

  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC 

March 18

  • Faculty Forum for Promotion to Full Professor, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Cone 314/Lucas Room (Register)

March 29

April 12

  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC 

April 19

April 30

  • Department Meeting 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Party 12:00-2:00 pm 

May 15


Congratulations to David Boyd for being named runner up for the 2023 Great Sasakawa Foundation Translation Prize for two of his translations ALl the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami (co-translated with Sam Bett) and Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko Oyamada. 

Announcements & Updates

SEACS Conference
The annual SEACS (Southeastern Association of Cultural Studies) Conference will be hosted at UNC Charlotte. President Susanne Gomoluch invites you to attend the conference on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17. Please find information as well as the program on the SEACS Website

Casa Della Cultura Italiana Scholarship Award Ceremony

You are cordially invited to this event! The Honorary Consul of Italy to the Carolinas, Professor Valentina Cecchi, and the Board of Directors of the Casa della Cultura Italiana-NC will be in attendance. We hope to see you there, February 20, 4:30-5:30 pm, 434 Mebane Hall (LRC)

Heritage Language Learning Symposium 

The 2024 Heritage Language Learning Symposium will promote a broad understanding of literacy practices and training for Latinx heritage speakers. It will bring together experts in the fields of bilingual education, with an emphasis on mixed classrooms. Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Read more about the program, see abstracts for the presentations and workshops, and find the schedule. Register. 

Japanese Speech Contest 2024

The Japanese Studies Program presents the Japanese Speech Contest to be held on February 23, 2:30-4:00 pm in Fretwell 100. 

Mini Grants

The Free Expression & Constructive Dialogue Task Force is offering ten $1,000 mini-grants for the Spring 2024 semester. These funds are to be used by faculty to help promote free expression, constructive dialogue, and viewpoint diversity on campus. These funds could be used for items such as conference travel, classes/training, or other projects. All funds must be spent in accordance with University fiscal and procurement policies. Apply for a grant. More information.

Nomination for International Women’s Day
Nominate globally engaged students, faculty and staff who work for gender equity to be recognized at UNC Charlotte’s International Women’s Day celebration Wednesday, March 20. The 2024 International Women’s Day Nomination Form will close on February 29, 2024. Please join us on Wednesday, March 20 to celebrate and recognize women and their accomplishments.

Campus Master Plan Forum

Attend the Campus Master Plan Community Forum from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Popp Martin Student Union, Room 340 G-I, to hear updates and share your thoughts. Please find a feedback form on the bottom of the webpage. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on the campus plan, and share any concerns you may have for the future of the campus, including accessibility issues.

Inclusive Excellence Grants
Applications are open for 2024-25 Inclusive Excellence Grants. The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 13. If you apply, please consult with Carol about the budget.

Thank you for all that you do. 

All the best,