Humanities Institute to Feature UM Scholars in New Faculty Lecture Series

March 24, 2017

MISSOULA – The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana will host a lecture by Assistant Professor Pablo Requena on Wednesday, March 29, as a part of the Institute’s New Faculty Lecture Series.

Requena’s lecture, “How Children Detect Patterns in Language,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

An expert in language acquisition and variation, Requena arrived at UM from Pennsylvania State University in 2015, where his teaching methods were described as “beautiful, like watching van Gogh paint.” Requena teaches in the Spanish program at UM, and his research investigates language acquisition by children between ages 2 and 7 from Argentina, Mexico and the United States.

“Language is the foundation of the humanities, and the topic of Requena’s lecture speaks to us all,” said Humanities Institute Director Nathaniel Levtow. “Requena’s research is both humanistic and scientific, theoretical and practical, and offers a wonderful opportunity for the Humanities Institute to fulfill its mission: to provide support and a public forum for humanities scholarship at UM that pushes the boundaries of academic disciplines and the frontiers of human understanding.”

For more information email Ian Withrow at or call 406-243-2683.


Contact: Ian Withrow, media and information coordinator, College of Humanities and Sciences/Humanities Institute at UM, 406-243-2683,