What the L?

Dr. Aaron Shield, founder and speaker for the What the L series
Dr. Aaron Shield, founder and speaker for the What the L series

Interdepartmental Speaker Series Brings Together Language-Related Research

Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Dr. Aaron Shield, Associate Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Dr. Amber Franklin, and Assistant Professor of Spanish, Dr. David Beard founded the interdepartmental lecture series, “What the L?” in October 2016.

The purpose of the series is to unite faculty and students from various departments who are interested in research on language. The series also serves as a platform for faculty to showcase their research in an informal lecture setting. By creating a venue to learn about each other’s work, an opportunity for collaboration is created.

The presentations share a common theme of language, but range in all different topics. Presentations are given by faculty from different departments such as the Department of Anthropology, the Department of English, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Classics, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology.

“What the L?” provides students with the experience of seeing what a research talk looks like, while allowing them to ask questions in an environment that’s accessible and supportive.

Recently, “What the L?” applied for funding through the Miami University Humanities Center and is now considered a research cluster. The series consists of three lectures in the fall and four lectures in the spring, with usually one speaker per session. On December 4,, 2017, Professor of Classics Dr. Zara M. Torlone will give the final lecture for the fall series. All lectures are free, open to the public and include refreshments.

View the 2017-18 "What the L" Lecture series schedule»