April 21, 2018


Jerome Greene Annex

9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Event Organizer

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

in collaboration with
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization),
The Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and
The Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations, New York

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of the Executive Vice President and Dean
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
The Institute for Latin American Studies
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights
The Department of English and Comparative Literature
The Department of Germanic Languages
The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
The Department of Anthropology
The Huang and Lin Fund for the Program in Chinese Literature and Culture
The Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia Law School
The Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Listen to the Opening Ceremony with Chief Clara Soaring Hawk on our iTunes U Channel.

Video of this symposium’s three panels and closing plenary can be viewed on our Youtube Channel.

This symposium is open to academics, representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and nations, states, non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations.

Links to the program, map, and additional reading materials are available, scroll down on mobile devices or see side menu.

The “Global Justice for Indigenous Languages” Symposium at Columbia University in the City of New York on April 21, 2018, is part of the Sawyer Seminar on Global Language Justice funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a two-year program initiated by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and implemented in collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

The program takes the social fact of the disappearance of languages—and the diversity of cultural lifeworlds these embody—as the occasion for a broader set of reflections on the question of language justice.

Our aim for the “Global Justice for Indigenous Languages” symposium is to bring to the forefront the critical work done by researchers, educators, institutions, organizations, and communities; work that is necessary to make meaningful headway in actualizing language justice. The symposium will be organized around the major topics of indigenous languages in education, language revitalization, and encouraging case studies. Participants will also be asked to contribute ideas and recommendations on steps forward and synergies towards justice for indigenous languages.

Space is limited, preregistration required.

 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
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