Kevin Hirschi, the English Language Fellow in Tbilisi, Georgia, was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the 9th International Research Conference on American Studies at International Black Sea University (IBSU). The opening ceremony included remarks from Tamar Shioshvili, Dean of
the Faculty of Education and Humanities; Ilyas Ciloglu, IBSU Rector; Nicholas Berliner, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia; as well as other distinguished guests.
Fellow Kevin Hirschi presented on his corpus linguistics study on negative language in newspaper editorials on Donald Trump. He introduced audience members to the relevance of linguistic findings in the interdisciplinary sphere of American Studies. Afterwards, other students and researchers presented and contributed more research on a wide variety of topics related to American Studies.