AFCLC, Air Force Culture and Language Center, Air Force's Global Classroom


The 2023 Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium committee invites proposals for individual or panel presentations at the 8th Annual Air University LREC Symposium, to be held in person November 15 – 17 at Air University on Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. 

The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) – the Air Force’s Global Classroom – is centering this year’s LREC Symposium theme on the concept of Integrated by Design. Integrated by Design is the future-facing model proposed by Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) Gen Charles Q. Brown Jr. for solving global challenges by more closely aligning partnerships between the United States Air Force and allies throughout the world. This call to action emphasizes the importance of cooperation and shared understandings as a means of gaining an edge in global competition through even greater integration amongst U.S. allies and partners. Deliberate integration of practices, policies, values, and technologies will create stronger alliances, shorten response times and allow partners to work more effectively together.  Success for the Integrated by Design model is predicated on mindsets and skill sets that CSAF calls Global Fluency. Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) knowledge is key to achieving Global Fluency.

We seek submissions that speak to topics specifically included under LREC, such as language teaching and learning, sociolinguistics, culture (culture-general and/or culture-specific matters), and regional issues; that offer insights on or critically analyze practices, policies and values that bolster relationships with global allies and partners; or that relate to organizational design integration and/or explorations of the concept of Global Fluency in any possible historical, contemporary or future forms. We are open to wide-ranging methods and approaches from disciplines across the academic spectrum, including but not limited to the social sciences, history, andragogy, political science, psychology, organizational studies and cognitive science.

Submitting an individual presentation abstract:

Individuals will be allotted 25 minutes to present (20-minute presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A). The committee will assign individual presenters into panels (or blocks) of 3 that run for 75 minutes.


Submitting a Panel Abstract 

Each panel will have a total of 75 minutes for panel presentations and Q&A.
Proposals may be accepted if they demonstrate that substantial critical thinking has been applied in the creation of an organized framework showcasing the results of original research or experience-based insights. Successful proposals will articulate an original idea, even if this idea is in an early draft form, that is grounded in evidence which renders the resulting argument more of a working contribution to knowledge than simply a well-formed opinion.

You can also download the optional 
AU LREC Symposium Power Point template for building your presentation


 Submit a Proposal                      Download Slide Template

Once you have submitted your proposal, please register here.


Do I need to register to attend the Symposium?       Yes. You must register to attend the Symposium and to present.
Do I still need to register if I am a presenter and/or if my proposal topic was accepted?       Yes. You must register to present at the Symposium. We will contact you for presentation protocol and expectations.
How is this trip funded?       Unit-funded TDY
Is there a virtual option?       No, in person only.
What is the cost to attend?       There is a “landing fee” of $40, to cover hospitality items and an evening social. This must be paid in cash at check-in.
What is the final date to submit a proposal, and when will I be notified if mine is accepted?       Proposal deadline: 30 June 2023. You will receive notification by 30 July 2023
What is the policy on non-attribution and academic freedom for the Symposium?

      This is the Air University Non-Attribution Policy: All Symposium participants must adhere to academic freedom and non-attribution policies as described in Air University Instruction 36-2608, Academic Freedom. Presentations may include candid lectures and articles from senior U.S. Government leaders and the civilian sector. These presenters consent to distribute their presentations because they are assured their comments will be shared only among participants and faculty. Participants must respect and protect the confidentiality of all speakers’ presentations. Participants are not allowed to attribute any materials from the Symposium to persons other than the speaker / author without permission from that individual. Similarly, participants shall respect the contributions of other participants who participate in Symposium sessions.
Below are some explanatory notes on AU’s academic freedom policy:

  1. Academic freedom allows students, guest speakers, contributing authors, and participants in established classes (and symposia) to state opinions openly and to support or challenge ideas without concern their remarks will be attributed to them.
  2. Non-attribution facilitates the free expression of opinions and ideas and allows for professional disagreements within the context of an academically stimulating environment. Essentially, non-attribution means not associating specific comments, ideas, opinions, or conversations with specific individuals.
  3. Although individuals may debate relevant issues, academic freedom must be tempered by good judgment to refrain from making offensive remarks, unfounded opinions, or irresponsible statements either verbally or in writing. Offensive remarks or irresponsible statements include comments disparaging any person’s race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, or sex. Offensive remarks or irresponsible statements – whether oral or written – will not be tolerated. Individuals who violate the academic freedom policy are subject to adverse administrative and/or disciplinary actions as described in AUI 36-2608, Academic Freedom.
What is the schedule for the Symposium?        It will be available November 1, 2023
When will presentations be due?       TBA
Where can I find more information about the Symposium and the AFCLC and its activities?       Much more information can be found here:
Where can I find presenter information?       AFCLC AU LREC Symposium - Presentation Info.
Where can I find reporting information?       TBA
Who can attend the event?       Open to all interested in Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture.

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