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The series brings preeminent scholars in the field of applied linguistics to campus to share their expertise on current issues in language education.

The Leo van Lier Lecture Series was established in 2013 to honor the memory of long-time TESOL/TFL professor, Leo van Lier, who passed away on December 23, 2012.

The series was initially funded by Leo’s family and continues to be funded through donations from the public. Past speakers include Shirley Brice Heath (Brown University/Stanford University), Roy Lyster (McGill University), and Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Information about upcoming speakers can be found below; click on an event for more details. The series is primarily intended to support students in the TESOL/TFL programs, but all lectures are free and open to the public.

Highlights from Past Events

Professor Kathi Bailey speaking at the Leo van Lier memorial event in February 2017
Professor Kathi Bailey speaking at the Leo van Lier memorial event (Feb 2017)
Director of Teacher Professional Development at WestEd, Aida Walqui with MIIS faculty Laura Burian and Jinhuei Dai at the Leo van Lier memorial event
Director of Teacher Professional Development at WestEd, Aida Walqui with MIIS faculty Laura Burian and Jinhuei Dai at the Leo van Lier memorial event (Feb 2017)
Language faculty from UCSC, Eve Zyzik, George Bunch, Nora Lang, and Victoria González-Pagani at the Leo van Lier Memorial Event (Feb 2017)
Language faculty from UCSC, Eve Zyzik, George Bunch, Nora Lang, and Victoria González-Pagani at the Leo van Lier Memorial Event (Feb 2017)
Sign-in table with picture of Leo van Lier and other TESOL faculty
Sign-in table with picture of Leo van Lier and fellow TESOL/TFL faculty.