Documentary Spotlights Language and Culture Program at UM

April 16, 2014

MISSOULA -- Longtime Montana journalist Ian Marquand has written and produced a documentary about the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana.

The documentary “Languages of War … and Peace” showcases the DCLCP, the top language and culture training center for the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. DCLCP trains personnel in critical languages and in the culture of the regions that are of strategic significance to the U.S. Marquand produced the documentary using a grant from the Greater Montana Foundation.

“The bottom line is, we’ve grown to become the best language and cultural course in the U.S.,” said Donald Loranger, director of the program. “We’ve broadened our base to include other languages – Korean and Chinese – and we’re the school of choice for people who want to be fluent, which you need to do to win the hearts and minds of people.”

The faculty of DCLCP are professional native linguist instructors who bringing their “in-country” experience with their lessons. Most of the courses award UM college credits upon successful completion.

To view the documentary, visit http://youtu.be/PQYjxArroCg. To request a hard copy of the documentary, call Daphne Felker at 406-243-3608. Information on DCLCP can be found at www.umt.edu/dclcp.

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Contact: Daphne Felker, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, 406-243-3608, daphne.felker@umontana.edu.