Donald K. Jarvis, professor of Russian and chair of the Germanic and Slavic Languages Department at Brigham Young University, will present the James L. Barker Lecture Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. in 2084 Jesse Knight Humanities Building on the BYU campus.
The lecture, titled "Failure to Communicate," will explore miscommunication and its relationship to ethnocentrism, greed and self-absorption.
Jarvis received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University in 1970. His research has focused on Slavic culture and pedagogy.
He is a co-author of "Nachalo: When in Russia," a widely used first-year Russian textbook and has written several books on language teaching and faculty development. Jarvis has also served as the dean of General Education.
The annual James L. Barker Lecture in Language and Linguistics honors Barker, a former language department chair at BYU and internationally renowned scholar in phonetics. Barker was a professor of German, French, Spanish and Italian. The lecture is sponsored by the Barker family.
For more information, contact Karmen Smith at (801) 422-2779.
Writer: Thomas Grover