Have you ever returned home from a trip abroad feeling chagrined that
everyone you encountered speaks two, or three, or more languages than
you do? Our guests today
say studying foreign languages is critical to understanding the cultures
and world views of other people, not to mention easing communication.
We look at the value of learning foreign languages, with a spotlight on
the prestigious Summer Language Schools at Middlebury College. We talk
with Michael Geisler, Vice President of the Language Schools and a
professor of German, and with Jason Merrill, director of Middlebury’s
Also in the program,
the story of William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" is retold in
the new blues CD, "Shylock Sings the Blues" by Vermont writer and
producer David Sokol. VPR’s Steve Zind talks with Sokol about the
project and its examination of bigotry and anti-Semitism.