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 2019 Dodge Award Winner:

Eduardo Vilaro, CEO and Artistic Director, Ballet Hispánico

Mr. Vilaro’s contribution to the spread of language and culture through the arts is incomparable. Not only does Ballet Hispánico create and perform pieces that relate to Hispanic culture, but Mr. Vilaro has taken the initiative to go out into the community to share, in a very intimate way, the cultures that hold it together. Yes, Ballet Hispánico is, by its very name, a company rooted in Hispanic heritage, but instead of stopping at its main purpose of dancing, Mr. Vilaro has lifted its influence on Spanish language education in and around New York and other areas of the U.S. Everywhere Mr. Vilaro goes, he speaks about the importance of not just dance but also of cultural diversity, one of the areas most important to world language instruction. It is these concrete products and perspectives that inspire students to explore and continue in language study.

 

Past Winners

  • 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