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April 29, 2019

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 4pm – 8pm

Symposium and Artist Talk

Global Language Justice in Action: Theory, Practice, and Performance

This symposium will bring together philosophers, interpreters, and performers to discuss the role of linguistic diversity in their work as activists and academics. Panels will include:

  • “Interpreting on the Edge: Language Rights in Border and Conflict Zones” with Maya Hess, founder and CEO of Red T, an organization devoted to protecting translators and interpreters worldwide, and respondent Isabelle Zaugg, the Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Language Justice
  • “Towards a Philosophy of Linguistic Diversity and Rights” with philosophers Michele Moody-Adams and Akeel Bilgrami from Columbia, and anthropologist of language preservation Jane Anderson from NYU.
  • “No Otro Lado: Listening to the Border”: A listening party and artist talk with Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, a conceptual reggaeton artist who will discuss her most recent album inspired by the increasing militarization of the Mexico-US border.

No registration necessary. First come, first seated. Free and open to the public. See here for more information.

 

February 14, 2019

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Lecture

Toward A Geolinguistic Imagination”: Global Language Justice Sawyer Seminar with Mary Louise Pratt

Open to the public. First-come, first-seated. See here for more information.

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February 15, 2019

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop

Global Language Justice Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar with Mary Louise Pratt

Seating and attendance is limited. Only Columbia University faculty and graduate students may attend. Please write icls@columbia.edu to apply. See here for more information.

Readings for the seminar:

1) The Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights adopted by PEN International in Barcelona in 1996.

2) M. L. Pratt, “Lessons for Losing,”  published version in Profession 2014 (MLA).

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October 5, 2018

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Faculty and Student Seminar with Moria Paz

A Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar in Global Language Justice

Seating and attendance is limited. Readings will be pre-circulated. Please write icls@columbia.edu to apply. See here for more information.

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October 4, 2018

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Global Language Justice Sawyer Seminar with Moria Paz

Open to the public. First-come, first-seated. See here for more information.

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September 21, 2018

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Faculty and Student Seminar with Moira Inghilleri

A Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar in Global Language Justice

Seating and attendance is limited. Readings will be pre-circulated. Please write icls@columbia.edu to apply. See here for more information.

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September 20, 2018

Common Room, Heyman Center ⏐ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Translating Migration: Art, Ethics and Uncertainty

Global Language Justice Sawyer Seminar with Moira Inghilleri

Open to the public. First-come, first-seated. See here for more information.

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April 21, 2018

Global Justice for Indigenous Languages: A Symposium

Listen to the Opening Ceremony with Chief Clara Soaring Hawk on our iTunes U Channel.

Video of this symposium’s three panels and closing plenary can be viewed on our Youtube Channel.

This symposium is open to academics, representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and nations, states, non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations.

Links to the program, map, and additional reading materials are available, scroll down on mobile devices or see side menu.

The “Global Justice for Indigenous Languages” Symposium at Columbia University in the City of New York on April 21, 2018, is part of the Sawyer Seminar on Global Language Justice funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a two-year program initiated by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and implemented in collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

The program takes the social fact of the disappearance of languages—and the diversity of cultural lifeworlds these embody—as the occasion for a broader set of reflections on the question of language justice.

Our aim for the “Global Justice for Indigenous Languages” symposium is to bring to the forefront the critical work done by researchers, educators, institutions, organizations, and communities; work that is necessary to make meaningful headway in actualizing language justice. The symposium will be organized around the major topics of indigenous languages in education, language revitalization, and encouraging case studies. Participants will also be asked to contribute ideas and recommendations on steps forward and synergies towards justice for indigenous languages.

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