YLC Turns 30!
In April 1991 language learning at UO took a dramatic turn for the better. The Yamada Language Center was opened after 2+ years of planning, meeetings, and, of course, fund-raising by the language teaching community led by Professors Russ Tomlin and Noriko Fujii.
The new home in Pacific Hall was made possible by a lead gift by Mr. Osamitsu Yamada, a Japanese businessman who has long been a university benefactor. Dozens of UO students have received his scholarships that have allowed them to study at top universities in Tokyo for up to a year.
To celebrate YLC’s 30th birthday, we’ve been featuring a series of Japanese garden photos this month to celebrate our founders' and funders' vision, generosity, and love of gardens and photography. This week we come back home to McKenzie Hall and contemplate what the lovely space just outside of our windows might look like.
We envision a garden where the beauty (and work) of foreign language, literature, and culture learning has a living monument that honors international understanding, respect for all languages and cultures, and peace.
Curious about the early days of YLC? This short retrospective from founding co-director and Spanish professor Dave Curland, was written for YLC's 15th birthday.