Center for Global Studies to host brown bag lectures

October 01, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Global Studies at Penn State will host a series of faculty and graduate "brown bag" lectures from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall in 25 Burrowes Building.

The first brown bag lecture, “Holding on to Democratic Leadership in a Time of Changing Policy and Reform: Socially Distributed Leadership Practice Towards Professional Learning in Denmark and the U.S.,” will take place Oct. 3. The lecture will be given by Marsha Modeste, assistant professor of education at Penn State. Modeste will present preliminary findings on the differences and similarities between Denmark and the United States in the area of teacher and staff leadership using the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL), an online formative assessment and multi-rater evaluation of leadership practices distributed in schools.

On Oct. 10, Isabel Deibel will give a lecture titled “A Multidimensional Perspective on Word Order Variation in an Ecuadorian Hybrid Language in Contact with Its Input Languages.” Deibel, a doctoral student in Hispanic linguistics and language science in the Center for Language Science at Penn State, will discuss her dissertation work, which traces the origin of word order variation in a hybrid language, created in a language contact scenario and still in contact with its input languages, which are fundamentally different in their structure.

Alexander McAllister, a doctoral student in Hispanic linguistics and language science at Penn State, will present a lecture titled “Does Linguistic Environment Matter? Exploring the Effects of Speech Community Diffuseness in Perceptual Learning” on Nov. 7. In this lecture, McAllister will present his research, which asks whether the dialectical makeup of a speech community affects the generalization process in perceptual learning.

On noon on Nov. 14, Ebony Coletu will present “Thinking through the Counter-Colony: Chief Sam and the Logistics of African American Migration to Ghana, 1912-1917.” Coletu is an assistant professor of English and African American studies, as well as an affiliate faculty member of both the Center for Democratic Deliberation and the Social Thought Program at Penn State.

For more information, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or email at

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Last Updated October 01, 2018