Minority Language in Today's Global Society, 22 November 2 008
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Trace Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a Lecture Series
Program with the first series entitled Minority Language in Today's Global
Society. The lecture events in the series will bring together speakers from
diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds to examine and share
experiences on the selected topics at hand, with a special comparative focus
on Tibetan communities in China. The first lecture event will take place
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 at Trace Foundation and Latse Contemporary
Tibetan Cultural Library in New York City. A series publication will be
produced and distributed.
Please help us distribute this announcement to any groups or individuals who
might be interested in attending. The event is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested. To register, please download the registration
form here: http://www.trace.org/pressroom_lecture_series_1.html
You may email or fax completed forms to us. You may also call us with your
name, contact email, affiliation, and mailing address.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you there!
>>From all of us at Trace Foundation
Minority Language in Today's Global Society
TRACE FOUNDATION LECTURE SERIES
Saturday 22 November 2008
Trace Foundation & Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library
132 Perry Street, 2B
New York, NY 10014
*Registration requested. To register, please download the
form and email or fax it to us. You may also call us with your name, contact
email, affiliation, and mailing address.
* Peter K. Austin, Director and Professor, Endangered Languages
Academic Program, School of Oriental and African Studies
* Pema Bhum, Director, Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library
* Fernand de Varennes, Acting Dean and Associate Professor, School of
Law, Murdoch University
* Jia Luo, Visiting Scholar, Sociology and Equity Studies in
Education, University of Toronto
* Manlha Kyi, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
9:00-10:00 a.m. Check-in/breakfast
10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Morning session
12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15-5:30 p.m. Afternoon session
5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception
Peter K. Austin, Director and Professor, Endangered Languages Academic
Program, School of Oriental and African Studies
Peter K. Austin research interests cover descriptive, theoretical and
applied linguistics. He has extensive fieldwork experience on Australian
Aboriginal languages (northern New South Wales, northern South Australia,
and north-west Western Australia) and has co-authored an internet-based
bilingual dictionary of Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi), northern New South Wales, as
well as seven published bilingual dictionaries of Aboriginal languages.
Since 1995 he has been carrying out research on Sasak and Samawa (or
Sumbawan), Austronesian languages spoken on Lombok and Sumbawa islands,
eastern Indonesia. His most recent book is 1000 Languages: The Worldwide
History of Living and Lost Tongues, which explores the state of languages
around the world.
Pema Bhum, Director, Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library
Pema Bhum is a highly respected figure in the world of Tibetan literature.
He holds an M.A. in Tibetan Literature and Language from Northwest
Nationalities University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, P.R.China, where he
also taught as an associate professor of Tibetan literature from 1983 to
1988. He was a visiting assistant professor of Tibetan language at Indiana
University from 1994 to 1997. He co-founded the Amnye Machen Institute, the
newspaper Dmangs gtso (Democracy), and the literary magazine Ljang gzhon
(Jangshon). His memoirs of the Cultural Revolution have been translated
under the title Six Stars with a Crooked Neck in 2001, with a recent sequel
Dran tho rdo ring ma (Stone Pillar Memoirs) in 2007.
Fernand de Varennes, Acting Dean and Associate Professor, School of Law,
Fernand de Varennes is recognised as one of the world's leading legal
experts on language rights and has written two seminal works on this topic:
Language, Minorities and Human Rights (1996) and A Guide to the Rights of
Minorities and Language (2001). A laureate of the 2004 Linguapax Award and
the prestigious Tip O'Neill Peace Fellowship at INCORE (Initiative on
Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity) in Derry, Northern Ireland, Dr. de
Varennes has worked with numerous international organisations such as the
United Nations' Working Group on the Rights of Minorities, UNESCO and the
OSCE's High Commissioner on National Minorities on issues in international
law, human rights, minorities and ethnic conflicts.
Jia Luo, Visiting Scholar, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education,
University of Toronto
Jia Luo is an experienced educator and researcher of Tibetan language issues
in education in China. He taught for over a decade as an assistant professor
in the Department of Tibetan Language and Culture at Northwest Nationalities
University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, P.R.China. His research interests
cover Tibetan cultural development, minority language and culture in
education, cultural dilemmas in modernization, indigenous knowledge in
education, and more. His publications include several books on Tibetan
language and cultural development in education and a chapter in the
forthcoming Global Issues in Education: A Reader.
Manlha Kyi, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Manlha Kyi brings with her experience in teaching, research, and development
work. Her research interests include language policy, language and minority
rights, and multiculturalism in education. In the 1990s, she served as an
English teacher and administrator at Qinghai Nationalities University in
Xining, Qinghai Province, P.R.China. She has also worked as a program
officer in education projects for a non-government organization in Tibetan
areas of China. She holds a Master of Education from Teachers College,
Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University
of Hong Kong.
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