Every year, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU hosts “#MotherTonguesUnited”, an event tied to a movement to unite speakers of historically undervalued languages in an effort to dispel myths and stereotypes surrounding those languages. Many languages have been included in this movement, including Papiamentu, Haitian Creole, and Garífuna.
This year, CLACS is excited to be hosting a Language Fair that focuses on less-commonly taught languages! This special edition of #MotherTonguesUnited aims to celebrate the work of various language departments and centers throughout NYU while creating a community space where students can learn about and engage in these languages. The Language Fair will be followed by a panel discussion on the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium (IDLC). The IDLC is partnership of the Institute for Latin American Studies (http://ilas.columbia.edu/) at Columbia University, The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute (http://www.lehman.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/index.php) at Lehman College, and CLACS, designed to promote the teaching, learning, and study of indigenous and diasporic languages of the Americas.