A bit of history to the FLAG...
In May 2007, the Modern Language Association (MLA) published its ground-breaking report on Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World. The report focused on “translingual and transcultural competence” as the core of language study: language “simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures” (3).
In response to the report, and given the wide array of independently governed language programs at Harvard, it was clear to the then Dean of Arts and Humanities that the creation of a forum of language faculty was needed in order to consider how the goal of translingual and transcultural competence could be implemented in a cohesive way across all programs. In May 2008 the Foreign Language Advisory Group (FLAG) was formed.
FLAG meets 4 times during the academic year, twice per semester, and reports directly to the Dean of Arts & Humanities. The focus of the Group’s deliberations has evolved over these past eleven years. It continues to advise the administration on issues related to language study and pedagogy. It continues to build a community of language instructors across all programs and in close collaboration with the Language Center.
In addition, the annual FLAG Forum in early May showcases innovative curricular projects funded by FLAG grants. The next FLAG Forum is Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 3PM in the Language Center. For more information on FLAG grants, please click on "Funded Projects" in the menu above.
For a list of FLAG members and their contact information, click on "People" above. Feel free to contact any of its members for matters you would like to have discussed at an upcoming meeting, or otherwise address.
Here's a link to more information on languages at Harvard: https://artsandhumanities.fas.harvard.edu/languages