HISTORY OF THE CENTER
The Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication (MIC) was initially conceptualized in summer 2013. It was meant to provide a creative, collaborative platform for scholars and students to explore the complex and dynamic nature of communication involving participants from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The Center was officially approved by the College of Arts and Sciences Senate in November 2013 and subsequently by the Stony Brook University Senate in May 2014. The Center has affiliated faculty members from a range of different departments who bring to the Center their MIC-related research expertise and contribute to the Center’s initiatives and activities. It also has a campus advisory board which provides guidance and serves as a sounding board.
The Center operates under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is directed by Dr. Agnes He, an applied linguist whose research on discourse and language development in multilingual and intercultural contexts has earned her a Spencer Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The 2014-2015 Academic Year will be MIC’s first official year. Our plans for the first year include sponsoring a Distinguished Lecture Series on multilingual and intercultural communication, launching a website that is informative and interactive with resources for scholars, students and the public, developing research projects, applying for program and research grants, creating an External Advisory Board, and establishing sister-center relationships with similar centers around the world that share our mission.