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Engaging with the Community

Published: 14 March 2014
Lifelong Learning at Southampton

The Lifelong Learning programme includes a wide range of evening courses and this year is holding 17 one day cultural events. The most recent Study Day focused on Richard III, attracting a record number of attendees for Lifelong Learning, with over 100 people engaged with the Faculty to find out more from University academics and guest speakers.

The next Study Day, on 29th March, is ‘Local Voices: Southampton Lives and Languages’ and we will explore multilingualism, from an examination of the historical context to listening to the voices of the present day. Speakers will highlight the richness of this linguistic diversity: how it is valued (or ignored) in everyday city life; who speaks what to whom; the role of language in Southampton’s cultural activities; the city’s linguistic landscape; and how this multilingualism contributes to Southampton’s identity.

At the end of the day an invited panel will include the Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Simon Letts who also represents the Council as a member of Business Solent and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. Lepsa Stojkovic, Tenancy Outreach Project Officer who also worked as a member of the former New Communities team for Southampton City Council. Kim Sutton, Voluntary Service Manager from Southampton University Hospital who manages the interpreting service and the Trust Volunteer interpreters provided by the hospital and representatives from local businesses. The panel will present their views and invite questions on the City of Southampton as a site of linguistic and cultural diversity.

For further information and booking please visit the Lifelong Learning website.

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