Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Language Diversity Symposium Final Program

Symposium on Language and the United Nations, May 1, 2012
777 United Nations Plaza, New York
9:30 – 10:00  Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Opening greetings
  • H. E. Ambassador Filippe Savadogo, Permanent Representative of La Francophonie to the United Nations
  • Alassane Diatta, Chief, French Translation Service, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, United Nations 
10:30 – 11:30.  Language Policy at the United Nations
  • Françoise Cestac, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General.  Introduction
  • Marie-Josée de Saint Robert, Chief, Languages Service, Division of Conference Management, UN Geneva, “Policy Regarding Language Use at the United Nations.”  Paper read by Bonnibeth Fonseca-Greber. 
  • André Corrêa d’Almeida & G. Bahar Otcu, Columbia University, “The Portuguese Language in the United Nations”
11:30 – 12:30.  The Language Policy Background and Its Implications (1)
  • Clément Mbom, Brooklyn College, “Langues et développement humain: Le français, acteur du développement dans les pays où il n’est pas la langue maternelle”
  • Anna Luisa Daigneault, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, “The Endangered Languages of South America: Grassroots Language Activism and New Media for the 21st Century”
  • Lauren Zentz, University of Arizona, “Legacies of Modernity, Postcoloniality, and Globalization: Language Policy in Indonesia”
12:45. Lunch. Film Screening: Languages Lost and Found: Speaking and Whistling the Mamma Tongue
Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis, Cultural Reporters / Film Directors, Northern Lights Studio 
1:45-3:00.  The Language Policy Background and Its Implications (2)
  • Timothy Reagan, Central Connecticut State University, “But What Is My Mother Tongue: Rethinking the Challenges of Mother Tongue Education”
  • Myriam de Beaulieu, United Nations, “Loss of lexical and cultural diversity  with global communication 
  • Panel discussion by the speakers in the morning and early afternoon sessions
3:00 – 3:45.  Language Teaching and Learning
  • Bonnibeth Fonseca-Greber, University of Louisville, “Preparing the UN’s Next Generation: A Professional Development Plan for Translator Candidates”
  • Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth & Brianna Avenia-Tapper, New York University, Steinhardt: Patricia Duffy, UN Language and Communications Programme; Jill Kalotay, webmaster and consultant, “Learning English for Peace: An Online English Course about the UN”
  • Sohair Soukkary, Baruch College, CUNY, “Language Teaching: Tapping the Right Side of the Brain”
3:45 – 4:30.  The NGO Experience
Presentations by the Legion of Goodwill (Danilo Parmegiani) & Universal Esperanto Association (Steven Brewer)
4:30 – 5:00.  Closing Remarks
Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford, “Thirty Years of Church Center Conferences on Language at the UN”
Closing Remarks: Françoise Cestac 

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