On Tuesday, March 20, the College of Education will host its 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium from 11:30 a.m. through 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building. The colloquium, titled Connect and Inspire, features keynote speaker Lily Wong Fillmore, a well-known and respected scholar in the areas of bi-lingual education and second language learning.

Also, on Wednesday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m., the UNM College of Education will host its Second Researchers' Dialogue featuring Lily and her husband, world renowned semanticist and grammatical theorist Charles Fillmore.

How do personal biographies influence intellectual passions and academic careers? How do brilliant individuals who are also life partners and "intimate collaborators" influence each others' thinking and scholarship across time?

Learn how events in their lives influenced their intellectual paths and academic commitments, and how their shared experiences of marriage, family, and passion for language have influenced their thinking and research, and have led to their increasing collaborations across the years.

This is rare opportunity will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in a conversation with two major scholars about the events in their lives that have sparked their intellectual questions and oriented their ground-breaking scholarship, both individually and in collaboration. This is an unusual opportunity for graduate students and faculty alike.

This event is sponsored jointly by Discourse Analysis in Cultural Context (LLSS 593), the Departments of LLSS and Linguistics, the Educational Linguistics Ph.D. Program, the College of Education (COE) and the COE's Multicultural Education Center.

Media Contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; e-mail: scarr@unm.edu.