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K. David Harrison

Opening Keynote

K. David Harrison
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Endangered Languages

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Half of the world's languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of these languages will have dire consequences not only for their speakers, but also for culture, science, and the environment. Around the world, speakers of endangered languages are mounting strategic efforts to save their languages. This keynote features photos and video clips of speakers of some of the world’s most endangered languages, from Siberia, India, the United States, and other locations, and demonstrates how indigenous speakers and linguists are working to sustain languages through technology and digital activism.

Dr. K David Harrison, anthropologist and linguist, has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. His global research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is both a professor of linguistics and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College.

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Presidential Keynote

Luciana C. de Oliveira
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
8:00 am–9:00 am

Developing Expertise in TESOL: Local-Global Considerations

As language teachers and teacher educators, we are constantly going back and forth between the local and the global with regards to the English language. What expertise do English teachers need to develop to teach English as a global language while considering the diverse forms, norms, functions, and uses defined by local dynamics and necessities?

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira is President (2018-2019) of TESOL International Association. She is Professor and Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching emergent to advanced bilingual students at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines scaffolding in elementary classrooms and multimodal representation in picture books. She is the author or editor of 21 books and over 180 publications in various outlets.

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Anneliese Singh

James E. Alatis Plenary

Anneliese A. Singh
Thursday, 14 March 2019
8:00 am–9:00 am

Everyday Teaching, Everyday Liberation: Building the Beloved Community as Educators

Now more than ever, educators are faced with opportunities to challenge everyday injustice both within and outside of their classrooms. Dr. Singh shares how to make words like diversity, equity, and inclusion really matter in our teaching and connect these efforts to larger liberation movements around the world.

Dr. Anneliese A. Singh is an associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Georgia and is a professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education. Dr. Singh founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Trans Resilience Project to work at the intersections of racism, heterosexism, and other oppressions to identify opportunities for empowerment and liberation for all students and educators. Her work is guided by her experiences as a queer, mixed-race South Asian and Sikh and by Dr. King's vision of the beloved community and Audre Lorde's guidance that "without community, there is no liberation."

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Friday Keynote

Pedro Noguera
Friday, 15 March 2019
8:00 am–9:00 am

The Power of Language, the Language of Power: Preparing Our Students for the Uncertainties of the 21st Century

In several Western nations, immigrant students are experiencing extreme hostility and political attacks. In many cases, the adverse climate is having an impact on their education and well-being. Yet, even as the languages of nationalism, populism, and xenophobia have crept into mainstream political discourse, counter narratives of justice, tolerance, and empathy have continued to affirm our common humanity. This ​keynote examines the ways in which immigrant students and English language learners are being affected by the current political climate, and it explores what educators can do to promote peace and pluralism as we attempt to prepare our students ​for the uncertainties of life in the 21st century.

Pedro Noguera is the distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He is the author of 12 books and more than 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other U.S. national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003–2015); Harvard University (2000–2003); and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000). From 2009–2012, he served as a trustee for the State University of New York as an appointee of the governor. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

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