On February 20, 2016 I will give a TEDx talk at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The venue chosen for this year is the McClung Museum of Natural History. There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon. I speak in the morning.

The event is sold out as of yesterday. They will stream it live and they will also upload the talks to YouTube afterwards. I will get back with you and give you the links when it is all said and done.


TEDx UTK is an independently organized event in the style of TED talks you may be familiar with from YouTube and their own site.

My talk is “Dracula and Multilingualism.” I will show how multilingualism can open doors and take you places, the connection between Dracula and multilingualism, as well as the connection between me and Dracula. 

The other talks sound really intriguing to me. I look forward to sitting in the audience and taking them all in. This is a complex event, which covers several disciplines.

I am getting nervous about it, so please remember me in your prayers all through this week. I would really appreciate your support in that way. I am passionate about language learning and I don’t want my message to be obscured by a poor delivery. I am doing my part by rehearsing my speech every day. Last week, I rehearsed it on location and got familiar with the technology we would use. Everything went well, but I need to do a good job on the day of the actual event. You know how it is… When they say your name, that’s when you are supposed to show up and do your thing. That’s what matters in the end.

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