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Ask anyone in the United States and they will likely have an idea of what is good English and what is bad English. But what do we really mean when we talk about "proper" English? And whose English is labeled as correct, and whose English is labeled as broken?
One famous case that provoked national debate was the "Ebonics Controversy", when in 1996 the Oakland School District in Northern California passed a resolution recognizing Ebonics (more commonly known now as African American English) as a language system, and classifying its many of its students as speakers of Ebonics. This provoked national outrage from many different communities and people across the political spectrum. While case happened almost two decades ago, it still offers an understanding of how the language ideologies that exist in our nation. What was the intention of the Oakland School District? And why were people so angry? And what are the implications for how our students are educated?
Join us on a panel with sociolinguist Dr. Walt Wolfram and educator Dr. Sharroky Hollie as they discuss these issues. This event will not be centered on the Ebonics Controversy, but it will certainly be focused on understanding the ideologies and debates that have given rise to it. The discussion will also revolve around experiences of students in the classroom who are not deemed as speaking "proper" English, particularly students of color. What obstacles do they face, and how do they navigate them? Additionally, how should society and academia approach the notion of linguistic diversity within the United States?
Panel Discussion/Presentation with Q&A afterwards
Someone who is shy, quiet, and unable to make friends easily (Cambridge Dictionaries Online)
The state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life (Merriam-Webster)
A shy, reticent person (Oxford Dictionaries)
What does being introverted or extraverted really mean? Why and how do we act both in and out of character? It’s difficult sometimes to understand both ourselves and those around us, and Dr. Brian Little will shed some light on our personalities during his talk.
Dr. Little is currently a Distinguished Scholar at Cambridge University and has taught previously at Harvard, Oxford, and McGill Universities. He lectures world-wide on personality, motivation, and well-being.
Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Chad Coleman: “Cutty” of award-winning HBO series The Wire
Lee Breuer: MacArthur Fellow and director of acclaimed adaptation of A Doll’s House
Come hear fascinating speakers discuss contemporary art and entertainment--What’s at stake when an artist portrays the world? What happens when the lines between entertainment and information are blurred? How can we responsibly create and consume in today’s world?
There have been five times more drone attacks under the Obama Administration than the Bush Administration. Since 2004, US drone attacks in Pakistan have resulted in between 1,902 and 3,220 deaths. Yet the word “drone” appears only once in both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms. And the mainstream media, has devoted relatively little airtime and column space to discussing the possible implications of drone use for both US foreign policy and the expansion of executive power. Come discuss the pol
itical, ethical, and legal implications of our current drone policies and how they might change depending on the outcome of the presidential election on Thursday, November 1st at 7pm in Edmunds Ballroom. Our experts are:
Ken Anderson, a law professor at American University whose work currently focuses on targeted killing, robotics and the law, and the laws of war generally. He is an editor for lawfare.com, a top legal foreign policy blog.
David Glazier, a law professor at Loyola Law School who focuses on the law related to the “War on Terror.” He served as a pro bono consultant to Human Rights First, and prior to law school, served as a US Navy Officer for 21 years.
Shane Harris, a journalist for The Washingtonian magazine who won the 2010 Gerald Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. His book The Watchers was named on The Economist’s best books of 2010.
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