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Rosemont to Host NPR Paris Correspondent for Upcoming Language and Culture Virtual Event

Katie DuBoff - January 11, 2021

NPR Paris Correspondent Eleanor Beardsley will speak at the 2nd annual Love of Languages event "Language and Culture: Opening Doors to Your Future Career," on Thursday, February 11 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.

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. 

During the Love of Languages program, Ms. Beardsley will chat with Claudia Brown, Rosemont College Adjunct Professor, French, about the role of language in her work.

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture, and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team.

The Love of Languages series is intended to explore the importance of language and culture diversity as students embark on their career journeys. This year's theme will focus on French business and culture. 

"We started this program last year 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.

"For example, when I was first hired as an Economic Analyst by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea at the start of my professional career, I knew nothing about the Korean language and culture, but my supervisors saw that I had studied abroad and had learned a few different languages. Seeing that I was open to learning about other languages and cultures, I think, improved my candidacy for the job in their view."

"We will hear from Ellie Beardsley that she pursued study of the French language as a personal passion and that knowledge later opened the door for her to an amazing international career.  At our event in February 2020, our students heard from three panelists who shared very moving and personal stories of how embracing other languages led to successful career opportunities they may not otherwise have been afforded.  We are very excited to bring this program again to Rosemont because we want students to hear from others how fruitful language study can be."

This program is hosted by the Rosemont College Department of Languages, Rosemont College Business Department, The Rosemont College Office of Post Graduate Success, and the Rosemont College Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals For America. Funded by The Conwell Grant for Foreign Languages.