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Georgia Southern to host 16th annual South East Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures

The 16th annual South East Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures (SECCLL), featuring keynote speaker Kim Potowski, Ph.D., is set for April 11 and 12. The conference is hosted by the Georgia Southern University Department of Foreign Languages and will be held at the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus.

The conference, sponsored by Vista Higher Learning, provides language and literature scholars, researchers and graduate students from the region and beyond a platform for academic exchange that is marked by its collegiate, informal and inclusive atmosphere.

Potowski is a professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In addition to being the founding director of UIC’s study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, she also serves as the director of the Heritage Spanish program.

Her presentation, the subject of her 2013 TEDx talk, “No Child Left Monolingual: Why and How to Become a More Linguistically Inclusive Nation,” details the myths about language in the United States and highlights the importance of multilingualism in a continuously diversified society.

SECCLL covers a broad range of topics in Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Hispanic linguistics, classics, comparative literature, and East Asian/Chinese as well as topics in literature, culture, pedagogy and film.

Early bird registration ends Feb. 2 and includes a welcome reception on April 11, as well as the Keynote Banquet Luncheon the next day. Participants from both public and private institutions of higher education are encouraged to attend. Those interested in finding out more information may visit

For more information from the Division of Continuing Education, please contact Deedee Southerlin, Ed.D., at or 912-478-5555. For more information from the SECCLL director, you may email Jorge W. Suazo, Ph.D., at

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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