Ben Reardon CC'15 – Global Scholar'13
Ben is a rising junior at Columbia College where he is majoring in linguistics. Growing up in a military family, Ben moved 11 times throughout his childhood, living in both the US and Germany. During high school, he spent a year as an exchange student in Hong Kong, which sparked his interest in Chinese culture, history, language, and society. Ben has also studied Cantonese, German, Indonesian, Mandarin, and Tajiki, and believes his language skills and prior intercultural experiences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US will prove especially beneficial while conducting primary research this summer. Ben loves traveling and exploring, and is interested in investigating the ways in which multilingual interactions take place in East Asia and Latin America. He is especially interested in examining how language and language instruction indicate changing international influence, both in government and in the public sphere.