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Rosemont to Welcome International Civic Leader for Upcoming Language and Culture Virtual Event

Katie DuBoff - January 28, 2022

3rd Annual Love of Languages Event: Languages, Cultures, and Your Career 

Join us to hear from Jamila Hassoune--civic leader, bookseller, educator, and social entrepreneur--how her knowledge of foreign languages (Italian, French, Arabic, German, and English) supported her decades-long effort to build cultural bridges between her hometown of Marrakech, Morocco and the rural villages surrounding the High Atlas Mountains.

Jamila will be in conversation with Rosemont College Adjunct Professor of French, Claudia Brown.

Date: Thursday, February 17 
Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm via Zoom 

Register for this event. 

This event is open to students, alumni, and members of the general public. Registration is required.  A Zoom link will be emailed to participants the morning of the event.  

Jamila HassouneMs. Hassoune, who is based in Marrakech, Morocco, will speak with Claudia Brown, Rosemont College Adjunct Professor, French, about the role of language in her work and life. 

Since the 1990s, Hassoune has been building a cultural bridge between her hometown of Marrakech and the rural villages surrounding the High Atlas Mountains. From 1993 to 2011, she ran a bookstore in Marrakech, where she discovered a glaring lack of cultural space for young people. To help fill this void, she drove her car up to the High Atlas Mountains to deliver books to underserved youth. Soon, she proposed a mobile cultural forum, now known as the Book Caravan, providing books from her family bookstore to encourage the benefits of reading for everyone. Eventually, in partnership with other international cultural organizations, she initiated and continues to lead writing workshops for these young people around books of all genres. 

“Jamila's career is a tour de force, as she continues to initiate and lead international cultural and educational organizations in French, English, Arabic, German, and Italian,” said Professor Claudia Brown, Adjunct Professor, French, who has worked with Hassoune since 1999. “She is a prime example of how the knowledge of foreign languages can open up all kinds of personal and professional opportunities.”   

The Love of Languages series is intended to explore the importance of language and culture diversity as students embark on their career journeys.  

"We started this program in 2020 with a desire to share with students how knowledge of other languages can open doors to career opportunities that students may never have even dreamed of for their futures," said Christine Hagedorn, Assistant Professor and Discipline Coordinator of the Business Department. 

This program is hosted by the Rosemont College Department of Languages, Rosemont College Business Department, and the Rosemont College Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America. Co-sponsored by the student-run French/Francophone Club and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). Funded by The Conwell Grant for Foreign Languages. 

Date: Thursday, February 17 
Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm via Zoom 

Register for this event.