Celebrating 50 years: 1959 – 2009

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CAL has a rich history that goes back to our founding in 1959. As we contemplated this significant moment in the history of our organization, we developed our theme of Reflection, Celebration, and Innovation to guide our thinking and activities over the coming year and to help us set the stage for the future.

  1. Reflection: In our Retrospective section, we will be exploring our early work with an eye toward making relevant resources and information more readily available online. A cornerstone of this section is our timeline, which spotlights milestones in our history within the context of events in the United States and the World and highlights resources derived from our past and current work.

  2. Celebration: Over the coming months, CAL will be focusing on presentations at selected conferences designed to share information on recent developments relating to language and cultural issues and to continue our long tradition of information sharing and dissemination.

  3. Innovation: A hallmark of CAL's work has long been our commitment to finding innovative ways to fulfill our mission. With hard work, a little ingenuity, and the help of our partners and collaborators, we will continue to seek new solutions and fresh answers as we continue our journey together.

We've created the CAL50 Web site to share our rich history, latest accomplishments, and plans for the future. We will be expanding the Web site over the coming year, so we hope you will visit often for the latest updates.

Support CAL

In response to inquiries from collaborators, partners, and friends, we have also created a Support CAL50 section, where interested organizations and individuals made donations that were used to expand the information CAL makes available online and support activities related to our mission.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 50th year of improving communication through better understanding of language and culture. Over the years, our staff, trustees, collaborators, and partners have committed their energy, vision, and dedication to language and cultural issues that impact us all. Together we look forward to writing the history of CAL’s next 50 years.

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Passing Time

View milestones of CAL's work over the last 50 years in the context of U.S. and world events and connect to relevant resources and information.

Congressional Recognition

Capitol Building

CAL’s 50th Anniversary was officialy recognized in Congressional Record.

Read the remarks of Representative Rubén Hinojosa of Texas.


Support CAL50

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Click here to learn more about our partners, collaborators, friends, and other supporters of CAL50 events and resources.