Lingua Franca (Common Language)

Launched in 2015,  the OED’s Lingua Franca program serves as an institution-wide public forum for students, staff, and faculty to discuss major social and institutional topics. In 2016, for instance, our theme was the Affordable Care Act. Topics for 2017 will be determined shortly.

Lingua Franca’s goal is to provide students, staff, and faculty with a consistent, structured, and inclusive forum for exploring important social topics that impact life at Bates. Forum topics are determined by polling the entire community. We believe this kind of programming flexibility will allow us to best serve the community and ensure that Lingua Franca remains vital, intellectually stimulating, and a forum in which difference of opinion is nurtured, explored, and valued.

Updated: July 2017