WCU Cherokee Language Symposium March 25-27 3/21/2018

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WCU Cherokee Language Symposium

WCU Cherokee Language Symposium

Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Language Program and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian will co-host the second annual Undergraduate Cherokee Language Symposium focusing on the topic “Language Revitalization and New Technologies” beginning Sunday, March 25, and continuing through Tuesday, March 27, on the campus in Cullowhee.

• Events on Monday, March 26, are open to the public and will be held in Room 204 of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building. Four expert panelists will present on technology and language revitalization topics and a keynote address will be delivered by Mohawk language activist Marion DeLaronde.

• Events scheduled for March 25 and 27 are open to currently enrolled college students, Cherokee language instructors and members of the Cherokee community. Attendees will spend March 25 visiting Cherokee sites and engaging with members of the Snowbird community. On March 27 at the museum located in the town of Cherokee, participants will be treated to panel discussions involving teachers and students, a lunchtime talk by bilingual expert Lauren Cadwallader Stolte, and a conversation with Robert Daugherty, director of community and cultural outreach for the Cherokee Nation, and Joe Byrd, former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Students and instructors from WCU, University of North Carolina Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northeastern University in Oklahoma, Stanford University and Elon University will be among those attending.

“This symposium is important because it allows collaboration and communication between all the various constituencies of university-level Cherokee learners in North Carolina and beyond,” said Benjamin Frey, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. “We’ll get to visit with one another and see that we’re not alone in this incredibly important work, and we’ll be able to be inspired by what each other is doing.”

Fifteen students from Stanford University, led by Constance Owl of the Eastern Band and Grace Young, will be attending the symposium as part of a Stanford spring break travel course titled “Rewiring the ‘Electric Brain’: Exploring the Role of Tech in Language Revitalization.”

WCU’s Cherokee Language Program offers courses in Cherokee studies and Cherokee language and linguistics while engaging in collaborative community efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language.

The symposium fee is $5 for attending Monday, March 26. For more information, contact Sara Snyder, assistant professor in WCU’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology, at slsnyder@wcu.edu or 828.227.2303.