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Endangered Language Fair

SEP 29, 2012 | 10:30 AM TO 5:00 PM



Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street


Margaret Liebman Berger Forum: RM 227


September 29, 2012: 10:30 AM-5:00 PM




The Ethnic Services Round Table of the New York Library Association, the Endangered Language Alliance, and the New York Public Library join forces to raise awareness about minority languages in danger. Attendees will learn why small languages matter and what efforts are being made to preserve them, besides hearing about several languages throughout the world from speakers involved in preserving—and celebrating—them.

Daniel Kaufman, linguist and founder of the Endangered Language Alliance, will discuss some of New York's endangered linguistic communities and their languages as well as showing recent video pieces from a collaboration with Google's Endangered Language Program on the languages of Timor.

K. David Harrison, linguist and author of The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages will give a special multi-media presentation. Prof. Harrison is a leader of the National Geographic's "Enduring Voices" project. He has spent the past decade working with speakers of some of the world's smallest and most endangered languages in locations in Siberia, India, Chile, the U.S. and elsewhere.

Resources will be available for those interested in ways to learn smaller and endangered languages in the New York metropolitan area.


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Daniel Kaufman will give an introduction to the topic of endangered languages, methods used to preserve them, and work being done currently in New York City to spur language revitalization.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Languages of the Americas: Ojibwe and Garifuna.
12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Time to visit tables, go out for lunch, and speak with presenters and others involved in language preservation efforts.
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. K. David Harrison will provide a global perspective on endangered languages and revitalization.
2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Bishnupriya Manipuri and Circassian.
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Yiddish, Ladino and other languages of the Jewish Diaspora.
3:45 P.M.-5:00 p.m. Celtic Languages: Irish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton.

Confirmed speakers:

Daniel Kaufman, linguist, Endangered Language Alliance
Kalvin Hartwig, member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Cultural Activist: Ojibwe
James Lovell (Afrigarifuna Youth Ensemble), Garifuna musician, teacher, and Cultural Activist: Garifuna
Ross Perlin, author and linguist: Yiddish, Ladino and other languages of the Jewish Diaspora
K. David Harrison, linguist and author of The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages
Jonty Yamisha, Executive Director, Nassip Foundation: Circassian
Uttam Singha, Pouri International: Bishnupriya Manipuri
Seamus Blake, Host of the radio program, Míle Fáilte: Irish Gaelic
Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, Lecturer, Celtic Languages, University of Pennsylvania: Welsh
Charles Kergaravat, President, BZH New York/Association of Bretons in New York: Breton

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Real-time (CART) captioning will be provided for this event; this will enable attendees to view open captions projected onto a screen at the event, and those elsewhere to view live-streaming captions projected via the Internet. Stay tuned for additional information on this!

The speakers and agenda may be modified slightly, so please check back.

No reservations are required for this free event but we do recommend coming early as space is limited. Questions? Please call 212-340-0951.

Note: The Berger Forum, where this event will be held, is Room 227 on the 2nd floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.