About Us

The Global Language Justice initiative is an ongoing, two-year Sawyer Seminar held at Columbia University. Conducted by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) and sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative probes three interrelated issues concerning language and justice on a global scale:

  1. The linkage between linguistic diversity and biodiversity
  2. The question of language rights in medical, judicial, and literary contexts
  3. The operation of languages and scripts in the ever-expanding digital sphere

The seminar will run from 2018-2019, and has already hosted events in conjunction with NY Humanities, the UN Forum on Indigenous Languages, and the NYC-based Endangered Language Alliance.  Check out the blog for more info/reading, our schedule for upcoming events, and contact us if you want to get involved.

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