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Hatcher Modern Languages Series

The Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series was founded in 2004 by Dr. Graham Hatcher in memory of his parents. Dr. Hatcher's father, Paul Hatcher, came to the WKU Modern Language Department in 1959 as professor of Spanish and head of the department. Six years later, in 1965, he became the first dean of Potter College, in which our department is housed, and he remained in that office until 1974. He then returned to the department to teach until his retirement in 1986. Paul Hatcher died in Nov. 2001 after a long illness. Mrs. Ernestine Hatcher, who shared her husband's interest in other lands and peoples, passed away a year later.

In 2006-2007 the Hatcher lecture was given by Spanish writer and journalist Flavia Company, on April 17, 2006. Company's lecture discussed her experience as a writer, a journalist, and a translator in Spain. This event was co-sponsored by Potter College, the Department of Modern Languages, the Provost's Initiatives for Excellence, and the Spain's Ministerio de Cultura. See some pictures of Flavia Company's visit to Western.

In 2005-2006 the Hatcher lecture was given by Dr. Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Sciences at Emory University, on February 9. Dr. Gilman's topic was: "You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Be Jewish: Multiculturalism and the 'New' Jews in Germany Today." This event was co-sponsored by Potter College, the Department of Biology, the Department of Psychology, and the Provost's Initiatives for Excellence. It was part of the series of events entitled "Living On: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators."

During the academic year 2004-2005, we presented Dr. Michael S. Doyle from the University of North Caroline- Charlotte as the guest speaker for the Hatcher Lecture Series. He delivered a presentation entitled: 'Doing Business with Spanish-Speaking Countries and Communities: Aspects of Cross-Cultural Literacy and Communication' on March 10, 2005. In addition to a variety of visits to Modern Language and Business College classes, Dr. Doyle was also honored at the Center for Leadership Excellence. The Department of Modern Languages was grateful to the College of Business for co-sponsoring Dr. Doyle's visit to campus and to the Department of Communications and the Leadership Studies Program for sponsoring the coffee in his honor.

The inaugural address in the Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series was given by Dr. Christina Bratt Paulston on March 30, 2004. Dr. Paulston, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke on "Should the USA have an official language? Language policies, language rights and English-only." The picture below shows Dr. Paulston on the left, speaking with Dr. Graham Hatcher and Dr. Linda S. Pickle, Department Head. While on campus, Dr. Paulston also held a forum with students concerning "Linguistics as a discipline and a career path" and addressed speech pathology majors on African-American dialects and on deaf culture.

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