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The English Department is excited to announce a book launch party and conversation with experts for Professor Qianqian Zhang-Wu’s latest publication, Languaging Myths and Realities: Journeys of Chinese International Students (published by Multilingual Matters, 2021).


In her book, Zhang-Wu took a unique insider-outsider perspective and adopted digital ethnographic methods to examine the lived first-semester languaging experiences among 12 Chinese undergraduate students studying in American higher education. Targeting higher education educators, administrators, researchers, and any general audience who are interested in cultural, racial and linguistic diversity, Zhang-Wu’s book debunks commonly held misconceptions regarding multilingual international students and helps raise critical issues of linguistic justice, contributing to discussions on monolingualism and racism in American higher education. 


This virtual event will take place over Zoom and features the following experts from around the world:


  • Neal Lerner (Host and Moderator) – Professor and Chair, English Department, Northeastern University, USA
  • Maria Estela Brisk – Professor Emeritus of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Boston College, USA
  • Ellen Cushman – Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability; Professor of English, Northeastern University, USA
  • Matthew Deroo – Assistant Professor of Digital Literacies for Multilingual Students, University of Miami, USA
  • Bridget Goodman – Associate Professor of Multilingual Education, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Mya Poe – Associate Professor of English, Northeastern University, USA
  • Shawna Shapiro – Associate Professor of Writing & Linguistics, Middlebury College, USA
  • Zhongfeng Tian – Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  • Zhaozhe Wang – Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Whitney Wotkyns – Director of Global Student Success and International Tutoring Cetner, Northeastern University, USA


Please register in advance for the Zoom join information. All registrants will also receive the recording following the event. Following conversation with experts, the audience will be invited to participate in a live Q&A. Please reach out to Heather Hardy at for any questions.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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