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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY 21 FEB 2021 - Session 4 - Indigenous languages of the Americas


Feb 21, 2021 05:40 PM

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Prof Camilla Townsend
@Rutgers University
Camilla Townsend is a distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University with research interests are in the relations between indigenous and European people in the Americas, and the writings of 16th and 17th Century Native American historians. She is also winner of the Cundill History Prize 2020 for her book, Fifth Sun: A New History of The Aztecs. Her other publications include: ‘Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America’, ‘Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma’, ‘Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico’, translated ‘Malintzin: Una mujer indígena en la Conquista de México’, ‘American Indian History: A Documentary Reader’, ‘Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley’, and ‘Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History Alive’
Prof Martin Puchner
@Harvard University
Martin Puchner is a literary critic, philosopher, author, public speaker and the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His works include numerous books, anthologies, articles and essays on philosophy, theatre and world literature. Titles include bestsellers such as ‘The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization’ on the story of literature from the invention of writing to the internet, ‘The Norton Anthology of Drama’, ‘Poetry of the Revolution’ and his most recent book, ‘The Language of Thieves’ which explores the coded language of Rotwelsch both through the lens of scholarly investigation into a dark aspect of European history and through personal family memoir. He is also now working on a chapter on Aztec pictograms for a new survey of cultural history, and engages with global audiences through his ‘Masterpieces of World Literature’ MOOC
Jibunnessa Abdullah
Founder & Director @Digital Museum
Jibunnessa Abdullah will be the event host and presenter. She has a background in archaeology, and has worked on archaeological and palaeontological fieldwork and survey projects in various parts of the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is also a coder, writer, graphic designer, animator and video editor who also teaches these skills to community groups, corporate clients and university staff and students. Her aim with the series is to bring some of the finest experts in archaeology, history, anthropology, linguistics, palaeontology, geology and philosophy, along with writers, filmmakers, journalists, artists, and public decision-makers, from around the globe together online to create a scholarly space for intelligent talks and conversations accessible to all.