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 2020 Dodge Award Winner:

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Fabrice Jaumont, International Educator, Researcher, Author

Nicknamed “the Godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times, Fabrice Jaumont has more than 25 years of experience in international education and the development of multilingual programs. He currently serves as Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States and is executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities, an adjunct professor in international education at NYU Steinhardt, and a research fellow at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. He hosts a podcast, a blog, speaks to audiences world-wide and has published five books. The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages, provides inspirational vignettes and practical advice for parents and educators who want to create a dual-language program in their own school. His most recent book The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education, co-written with Kathleen Stein-Smith, touches on the issue of a foreign language deficit in the United States and sets the stage for a new paradigm in our approach to teaching and learning languages. Fabrice is a powerful advocate for immersion programs and bilingualism around the world.

Past Winners

  • 2019: Eduardo Vilaro, CEO and Artistic Director, Ballet Hispánico
  • 2018: The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College
  • 2017: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • 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