FIT Working Group
The Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group has been founded with support from the Townsend Center for the Humanities in order to provide a space at UC Berkeley for cross-linguistic and inter-disciplinary community building among educational researchers, humanities scholars, and language instructors. Growing out of the regular FIT meetings begun in Spring 2010, the working group invites interested members of the UC Berkeley community to a series of meetings to address topical and academic issues such as: language and identity, language ideologies and the humanities, classroom pedagogy, globalization, and other topics of interest to scholars in applied language studies. Given the crisis facing language education in the United States, the FIT Working Group further seeks to engage a collaborative process to deepen discussions among applied linguistics researchers and language instructors and move language education research and advocacy forward.
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Ar.ti.cu.late while Black. A talk by H. Samy Alim
Monday, November 5, 4:15 to 6:00 PM in the Barbara Christian Conference Room (554 Barrows Hall)
The Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley, invites you to a talk by H. Samy Alim, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education program at Stanford and director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language, on his recent book Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (Oxford University Press, 2012; co-authored with Geneva Smitherman). Articulate While Black addresses language and racial politics in the U.S. through an examination of President Barack Obama’s language use–and America’s response to it. Using their analysis of Barack Obama as a point of departure, Alim and Smitherman reveal how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America. In challenging American ideas about language, race, education, and power, they help take the national dialogue on race to the next level. In much the same way that Cornel West revealed nearly two decades ago that “race matters,” Alim and Smitherman show how deeply “language matters” to the national conversation on race–and in our daily lives.
The event is co-sponsored by: Found in Translation Working Group, Social and Cultural Studies Program (Graduate School of Education), and the Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy Cluster (HDRC).
The Found in Translation Working Group is co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.