CITY OF SCIENCE: How We Learn Language from Birth Through Adulthood

Monday, December 5, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Four panelists in How We Learn Language from Birth Through Adulthood
Hosted By
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:




How does the infant go from babbling to first words and sentences? Why, as children, do we learn to speak with the same “accent” as our peers around us? Why does it become more difficult to learn a new language as we age? Leading scientists in the field of language acquisition share their knowledge. Valerie Shafer, professor and executive officer of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center, moderates a discussion featuring Nancy Eng, associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language & Audiology at Hunter College; Kyomi Gregory-Martin, associate professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Pace University; and Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, associate professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Hunter College.

In-person attendees will be checked in at the door. Visitors to the Graduate Center must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab taken no more than seven days prior to the visit. One-day visitors may submit proof of vaccination by presenting either a CDC Vaccination Card or the NYS Excelsior Pass or supplying proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test by presenting a copy of the lab results.

CUNY students, faculty, and staff must comply with the University’s vaccine policies. Faculty, staff, and students with verified proof of vaccination will use the CUNY Access Pass in Cleared4 to enter the Graduate Center. Please follow the steps outlined in the Building Entry Policy.

Please see Building Entry Policy for more information.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events, at least two weeks in advance of the event.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.