Agar on culture

When I think about raising awareness of sociolinguistics, one of the biggest contributions I feel compelled to make is in helping people become more aware of their culture and of themselves in intercultural interactions.

As Agar (2007) observes “Culture is something those people ‘have,’ but it’s more than that. It’s also something that happens to you when you encounter them. As long as they’re just out there, a different group of folks, you won’t have to deal with them. When you deal with them, culture turns personal. Culture is no longer just what some group has; it’s what happens to you when you encounter differences, become aware of something in yourself, and work to figure out why the differences appeared. Culture is an awareness, a consciousness, one that reveals the hidden self and opens paths to other ways of being.” (18)

Welcome to my site

Hi, I am Anna Marie Trester.  I am the Assistant Director of the MA in Language and Communication (MLC) at Georgetown University in the Department of Linguistics.  My work here involves raising awareness of the usefulness of Sociolinguistics in today’s workplace.  In my research (on improvisational theater, peace vigils, and tourism in Costa Rica), professional projects (e.g. the companion website for McNeill Lehrer’s documentary Do You Speak American?), and teaching (this Spring I am teaching a professionalization seminar for MLC students), I bring together my academic training with past professional experiences (i.e. as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co).  I received my M.A. in Linguistics from NYU in 2002 and Ph.D. from Georgetown in 2008.