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Falkenrath '14 to speak about Ecuador at International Luncheon

Barry McNamara
09/29/2011
Chris Falkenrath '14 in Ecuador.
Monmouth College student Chris Falkenrath, a sophomore from Highland Park, will present the first International Luncheon talk of the academic year on Oct. 6 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Falkenrath will speak about the “Revelations of a Language Learner Abroad” in his talk, which is open to the public. He will discuss his experiences last summer in Ecuador, a trip that faculty member Diana Ruggiero helped him arrange.

“I traveled there with the sole intention of learning Spanish, but I came back with a deeper understanding of the world and what life is like outside of the U.S.,” Falkenrath said. “It’s helped me become a much more independent person.”

Falkenrath will speak about his challenges of learning a new language and adapting to a new culture, while also recalling his adventures and interactions with the many people he met. He hopes his stories will inspire others “to get out and travel more.”

A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 can be purchased at the luncheon, but lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149. Anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.