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Revitalizing Native Languages

UC Riverside Hosts “Keepers of the Language” Conference Saturday, Nov. 4

Conference will explore how universities and native peoples are working with native languages

(October 20, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside will host “The Keepers of the Language Conference” Saturday, Nov. 4, to explore the benefits and challenges of public university partnerships with indigenous nations in preserving native languages.

Panelists at the conference, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 1500 Humanities and Social Sciences, will discuss how to develop and maintain language programs in Native American communities and the resources universities can offer these efforts.

The conference is a joint effort of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside and Native American Studies at UC Davis.
“We will talk about both the theoretical and practical concerns of language recovery,” said Victoria Bomberry, assistant professor of ethnic studies at UCR and one of the conference organizers.

The conference is free, and free parking permits are available at the parking kiosk on campus. Continuing education credit is available through UC Riverside Extension.

Speakers will include scholars, writers, cultural leaders and others. There will be performances by “Bird Singers” and music by UCR’s Mayupatapi ensemble.

Conference co-sponsors include the University of California Humanities Research Institute, UCR Center for Ideas and Society, Native American Student Programs, UCR Extension, the UCR Department of Anthropology, UCR Department of Creative Writing and UCR Department of Women’s Studies.

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