Still Time to Sign up for the Less Commonly Taught Languages Career Fair on 7/29/22

Interested in learning about professional development and career opportunities for speakers of Less Commonly Taught Languages?  There is still time to join us for part or all of the virtual 2022 Less Commonly Taught Languages Career Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom (link available via registration). The event is free and open to the public.  To receive the Zoom link to attend the event, attendees can register here:  The LCTL Career Fair Event Coordinator, Mathew Attipetty ( is available to help if anyone has questions or needs assistance registering.

We are very excited to announce that the keynote presenter this year is Alfred Boll, Director, Office of American Spaces, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Alfred Boll PortraitAlfred (“Fred”) Boll is the Director of the Office of American Spaces in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  He supervises a team of 25 staff members in Washington, and a corps of 26 Foreign Service Officer specialists around the world, providing strategic direction for the Department’s 600 American Spaces, the U.S. government’s primary public cultural and information centers abroad.  American Spaces provide free and open access for communities around the globe, offering programs and events that foster learning, discussion, and civic engagement around democratic principles.  Dr. Boll has been a United States Foreign Service Officer since 2003 and previously led the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ “EducationUSA” Branch from 2016-2019 to promote study in the United States.  He has served overseas in Amsterdam, Baghdad, Lisbon, Pristina, and Rio de Janeiro, and in Washington in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.  He is a lawyer by training, admitted in California, Wisconsin, and New South Wales in Australia.  He holds a BA (Honors) degree from the University of Chicago in Political Science; JD and MA (Latin American and Iberian Studies) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a doctorate (SJD) in International Law from the University of Sydney.  Prior to joining the Department Boll was a Delegate and Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1993-2003 based in Jakarta, Hong Kong, and Sydney.  A native speaker of English and heritage speaker of German, Boll is a life-long language learner who has test scores in nine languages from the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, five of which are at levels between “Full professional proficiency” and “Native or bilingual proficiency.”  As a student he participated in study abroad programs in Switzerland, France, and Germany.

After the keynote presentation, participants can opt to join panel sessions on professional development and career opportunities in public and private sectors, as well as visit virtual exhibitor profile pages on the LCTL Career Fair website.