Thursday International Mother Language Day at Humphrey

Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Freeman Commons 205

The International Mother Language Day is a United Nations observance held annually since 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The history of this day goes back to the 1950’s, when people fought for their right to speak in their mother tongue in Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan). The goal of this event at Humphrey is to bring about discussion between students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who would like to speak about their experiences of being able to or not being able to speak in their language to practice their culture. It is understood that languages shape people’s lives in different ways. It influences their learning, their expressions and their experiences. Attend the event to share your personal, professional, and/or academic experience on language. It would be a wonderful opportunity to hear your opinion and experience on how languages have influence and are influenced by policies.

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