MMLA 2017 Keynote Speakers

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association will hold its 71st Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington on October 12-14, 2017 at the new Davenport Grand Hotel. Our featured Keynote Speaker on Thursday evening will be Dr. Susan McKay. The title of her presentation is "The Marvel of Language: Knowns, Unknowns, and Maybes."

 Susan McKay

Susan McKay has always been fascinated with languages and how they work.  After three years of high school French, she filled her college and graduate schedule with traditional language and literature courses in ten different languages, ancient and modern.  She took linguistics analysis courses specifically dedicated to a dozen or so more – from Tamil to Tongan and from Maung to Mauritian Creole. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and advanced degrees in French.  She taught French, linguistics, and some Spanish in various capacities at the University of Utah until 1993.  She joined the faculty at Weber State University in 1989, where she has taught linguistics, ESL, English, and some French. Her research specialties are French and English syntax, historical linguistics, stylistics, and drama.  She has appreciated greatly the opportunities at RMMLA to present and mingle with scholars in all of those areas, and she is honored to speak this year, at her twentieth consecutive RMMLA convention.

On Friday, October 13 at noon the RMMLA is pleased to present John Whittier Treat. The title of his presentation is: "Stuttering in Foreign Tongues, or, What the Japanese Stammer Teaches Us."

John Whittier Treat is Emeritus Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, and now affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. He is the author of Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb and the forthcoming The Rise and Fall of Modern of Modern Japanese Literature, both from the University of Chicago Press. He is currently at work on a study of Korean writers under Japanese colonial rule, and a second novel, First Consonants, about a stutterer who saves the world.