[lg policy] Chicago: DePaul Symposium Explores Language, Power and Education June 11

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 30 13:09:27 UTC 2010

DePaul Symposium Explores Language, Power and Education June 11

Language experts Patricia Gándara and Carlos Cortés will explore
power, culture, language and education at the third annual language
and education symposium June 11 at DePaul University. Sponsored by
DePaul’s School of Education, the event is free and open to the

The symposium will be held from 2 to 5:45 p.m. in Room 154 of DePaul’s
Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago. The symposium
provides an opportunity for the community to hear from and engage with
leading voices in the area of language diversity and education.

“This opportunity is invaluable given that both the Chicago
metropolitan area and the nation as a whole continue to struggle with
issues related to the rights of linguistically diverse students and
their families,” said Sonia Soltero, associate professor and director
of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program at DePaul’s School of

School of Education Associate Dean Ronald Chennault agreed. “Recent
actions by the governor of Arizona underscore the importance of having
enlightened, informed discussions about language diversity in
education,” said Chennault, who is also an associate professor.

In her talk titled “Language Policy, Opportunity and the Latino
Education Crisis,” Gándara will discuss language policy, opportunity
and the Latino education crisis.

During his talk, titled “Language, Power and the Cultural Competency
Movement: Implications for Education,” Cortés will discuss language,
power and the cultural competency movement and its implications for

“The growth of the cultural competency movement raises serious issues
regarding the role of language in such proficiency,” Cortés said. “For
example, should a person be considered culturally competent without
multiple language facility, and in which languages?”

Gándara is professor of education in the graduate School of Education
and Information Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles
(UCLA), and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos
Civiles at UCLA. Her research focuses on education equity and access
for low-income and ethnic minority students, language policy and the
education of Mexican origin youth. Gándara has been a bilingual school
psychologist, a social scientist with the RAND Corporation, director
of education research in the California legislature, commissioner of
post-secondary education for the state of California and associate
director of the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute.

Cortés, who will serve as this year’s School of Education commencement
speaker, is professor emeritus of history at the University of
California, Riverside, and is on the summer faculty of the Harvard
Institutes for Higher Education and on the Summer Institute for
Intercultural Communication. He also is an adjunct faculty member of
the Federal Executive Institute and has lectured widely throughout the
United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia on the
implications of diversity for education, government, private business
and the mass media.

“Language, Power and Education” is the third annual language and
education symposium sponsored by the School of Education. Last year’s
symposium, which explored multicultural and bilingual education
policy, featured keynote speakers James Crawford and Sonia Nieto and
attracted more than 180 participants. The 2008 symposium, which
explored language, identity and education, featured renowned scholars
Kris Gutierrez, Danling Fu and Awad Ibrahim. For more information
about the symposium, contact Sonia Soltero at (773) 325-4788 or
ssoltero at depaul.edu.

About the School of Education

DePaul has one of the largest schools of education in the Chicago
area, offering degree programs in early childhood education;
elementary, secondary, special and physical education;
bilingual-bicultural and world languages education; school counseling;
reading specialist; dual certification (elementary and special
education); and social and cultural foundations in education. For more
information, visit http://www.depaul.edu/academics/index.asp#snl.


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