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UWFox Scholars Series Hosts Debate on 'English as the Official Language'

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UWFox Scholars Series Hosts Debate on 'English as the Official Language'

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley will host “A Debate on English as the Official Language,” with panelists Alfonso Zepeda-Capistran, Wisconsin DPI Education Specialist, and Rob Toonkel, director of US English, Inc., on Monday, October 20 at noon in the UWFox Fine Arts Theatre. The debate will be facilitated by Dr. Malcolm Allen, professor of English at UWFox.

Alfonso Zepeda-Capistrán holds a B.A and M.A.in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin- Madison, respectively. He is currently an Education Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Migrant Education Program. Zepeda-Capistrán has also been widely recognized for his commitment to community building and is the recipient of the Dane County Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. recognition Award, the Wisconsin Migrant Coalition Outstanding Leadership Award, and the Social Justice Center and Capital Times Visionary Award.

In more than six years with U.S. English, Inc., Rob Toonkel has become one of the nation’s foremost experts in the debate on English as the official language of the United States. As the organization’s director of communications, Toonkel focuses on the stories, facts and accounts regarding language use in our nation. His 2005 study, “Many Languages, One America,” received worldwide coverage and remains one of the most comprehensive examinations of languages spoken in the United States.

This debate is part of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Scholars Series, a year-long community program that brings to campus, and to the Fox Cities community, a wide range of nationally recognized experts and leaders in their respective fields. The Scholars Series presentations are free and open to the public, begin at noon, and take place on Mondays in the UWFox Fine Arts Theatre. Seating is unreserved and free parking is available.

All of the presentation themes, dates, times and locations are available at http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/stlife/finearts.html#ss.

Posted 10/17/2008