Spring 2019 Events

We are looking forward to our events this spring, including a Sawyer Seminar lecture and workshop with Mary Louise Pratt (February 14 & 15) and a symposium and performance on “Global Language Justice in Action: Theory, Practice, and Performance” (April 29).

Global Justice for Indigenous Languages (III of IV)

During the final hour of our Global Justice for Indigenous Languages Symposium, I was keeping track of the attendees who had raised their hand to ask a question or make a comment and making sure that they had the microphone—after all, one of the issues that kept coming up that day was the unethical practices…

UN Forum: Global Justice for Indigenous Languages (I of IV)

On April 21, 2018, the GLJ initiative partnered with the United Nations to hold a symposium titled “Global Justice for Indigenous Languages.”  As 2019 is the UN-declared Year of Indigenous Languages, the event seemed fitting for something held a year in advance: a gathering of leaders in language revitalization, indigenous rights, and UN policy-makers to…

Further Readings on Language Justice

Looking to become more familiar with language justice issues?  The following is a master list of literary resources, scholarly and otherwise, compiled by Lee Abraham, Lecturer and Language Program director at Columbia University.  Like the earlier list of organizations working explicitly on language justice issues, this list is meant to be  browsed, read, and shared.  If…

Accentuated Experiences: Memories from a Multilingual Childhood

I was about four when I heard a foreign language for the first time. It was on a lazy winter afternoon, during the time of day when adults drowse on the sofa and zestful kids are left on their own. I was playing in the back patio at my grandparent’s house when the neighbor’s granddaughter…

Readings on Language Rights as Human Rights

The Global Language Justice Reading Group hosted Dr. Elsa Stamatopoulou on December 6, 2017, in order for her to discuss her work on language rights and indigenous peoples’ rights. We also discussed her piece “Language Rights as Part of Cultural Rights” and a piece by Moria Paz on “The Failed Promise of Language Rights: A Critique…