Liberatory Letters: Language as Resistance

CSREA - Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
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Race at the Center of the Humanities is a Mellon Foundation-funded event series designed to deepen academic inquiry into race and the humanities through interdisciplinary discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities.

This roundtable conversation explores the confluence of race, ethnicity, linguistics, and culture in order to better understand the acts of expression and resistance that characterize the practice and preservation of language. The featured panelists bring deep knowledge of the histories and contemporary teachings of Haitian Kreyol/Creole, Asian-American and Latinx raciolinguistics, the revitalization of indigenous languages, and Black ASL.


Jacques Pierre

Lecturing Fellow of Romance Studies, Duke University

Adrienne Lo

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

X̱’unei Lance Twitchell

Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska Southeast

Jonathan Rosa (No longer participating)

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Joseph Hill

Associate Professor, Department of ASL and Interpreting Education, Associate Director of the Center on Culture and Language, and Assistant Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institutes for the Deaf

Moderated by Paja Faudree

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Brown University