Hindsight is 2020: Futures of Teaching and Preserving Mother Tongues

March 11, 2021

Last Updated on by Jane Higgins

A virtual symposium on teaching indigenous and diasporic languages

Held on March 19-20, 2021 and March 26-27, 2021

The symposium seeks to reflect on the state of Indigenous and diasporic language preservation and instruction in the first two decades of the 21st century, and reflect on the future of learning and teaching in the digital era.

This symposium seeks to bring Indigenous and diasporic language instructors, students and activists together virtually to discuss the strengths and challenges that have come with our “new normal” of online learning. This symposium seeks to dispel the stigma surrounding online learning by bringing in successful examples of years of training by instructors and students who have excelled in creating professional paths by combining language and technology. Over two weekends, there will be notable keynote speakers, panels discussing the challenges that students and instructors must contend with classes over Zoom, and also address the maneuvering between online and in-person learning in this ever-shifting context; workshops on innovative methodologies for child education and youth development by language activists; and performances by artists representing various indigenous and diasporic languages.

Presented by The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU (CLACS NYU), The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College (CUNY MSI), and the Institute of Latin American Studies of Columbia University (ILAS).

**Habrá interpretación simultánea al español disponible.

**English simultaneous interpretation will be available.