MIIS Lecture: Identity Through the Words of Another
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Middlebury Institute of International Studies presents a lecture by Pushpa Iyer and Thor Sawin entitled Identity Through the Words of Another on Wednesday, April 10, at 6pm in Room MG102 in the McGowan Building on the campus of MIIS. Admission is $10 per person, which includes lecture and reception sponsored by Scheid Vineyards. Space is limited - please register online.
Pushpa Iyer's current research interests include: non-state armed groups, challenges to peacebuilding, identity conflicts, civil wars, peace processes, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education campuses and the regions of south and south-east Asia.
Thor Sawin's approach to the study of human language centers on hospitality and wonder. He believes language learning is the ultimate form of respect you can show a culture, and speaking to someone in their own words can be a powerful gift. He is passionate about training learners to notice, be fascinated by, and grow competence in the complex multilingual practices around them, and increasingly in the ways that technology helps learners to do so. Learning and using others’ ways of speaking is essential to any cross-cultural social engagement, and he wants to equip organizations with effective language acquisition policies and practices.