James W. Dodge Award

The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award

About the Award

The Foreign Language Advocate Award is presented to honor an individual outside the profession for recognition of work on behalf of languages. Since 1990, this award has been presented in memory of James W. Dodge, who served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Conference for nearly twenty years.

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The 2017 Dodge Award Winner: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was nominated by PSMLA because it has become a language-learning destination in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Carnegie Library’s flagship program, Let’s Speak English, provides an easy-going environment for participants to strengthen their English skills, connect to resources available and become part of a community. Many of these ESL participants have volunteered their time to teach Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish classes.   The robust and free foreign language program that has stemmed from this ESL program is unique in that it is free and open to everyone in the region.  The library’s language classes have impacted more than the volunteers.  Over 4,000 language learners have had the joy of learning, meeting people and forming friendships all through learning languages.

 

Past Winners

  • 2015: Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU
  • 2014: Clay Pell, 2013 Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of International and Foreign Language Education, USDOE
  • 2013: Hon. Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
  • 2012: J. David Edwards, JNCL/NCLIS
  • 2010: J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Marriott International
  • 2009: Luma Mufleh, Fugees Family
  • 2007: Hon. Paul S. Sarbanes, Senator from Maryland
  • 2006: Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks, (posthumous award)
  • 2005: Hon. Rush Holt, Congressional Representative from New Jersey
  • 2004: Brenda Lilienthal Welburn, Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education
  • 2003: Ann M. Copland, Senior Executive and Legislative Assistant, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • 2002: Barbara Turlington, American Council on Education
  • 2001: L. Jay Oliva,President, New York University
  • 2000: Hon. Richard Riley, former Governor of South Carolina, Secretary of Education, U. S. Dept. of Ed.
  • 1999: Sesame Street, Children’s Television Workshop
  • 1998: Ken O’Keefe, Allegheny College
  • 1997: Robert Orrill, The College Board
  • 1996: Hon. David L. Boren, former Senator from Oklahoma; President, University of Oklahoma
  • 1995: Hon. Madeleine May Kunin,former Governor of Vermont, Deputy Secretary of Education
  • 1994: James Crawford, author and editor
  • 1993: James Herbert, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1992: Hon. Lois G. Pines, State Senator for Middlesex and Norfolk District, Massachusetts
  • 1991: Scott McVay, Executive Director, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • 1990: Leonard A. Lauder, President and CEO, Estée Lauder, Inc.
  • 1989: The Southern Governors Conference
  • 1988: Hon. Claiborne Pell, Senator from Rhode Island
  • 1987: Hon. J. William Fulbright, former Senator from Arkansas
  • 1986: Hon. Christopher J. Dodd, Senator from Connecticut
  • 1985: Sylvia Porter, nationally syndicated columnist
  • 1983: Hon. Leon E. Panetta, Congressional Representative from California
  • 1980: Fred M. Hechinger, The New York Times Foundation
  • 1979: President Jimmy Carter
  • 1978: Hon. Paul Simon, Congressional Representative from Illinois