Midwest Heritage Language Summit: Fostering the Languages of Your Community

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Room Big Ten A

Contact: Brahim Chakrani chakrani@msu.edu

The Midwest Heritage Language Network is pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day summit on heritage languages in the community at Michigan State University on April 23, 2016. The summit will consist of a keynote speaker and a series of panels to address issues related to heritage speakers and the larger community. The topics of the panels will include heritage speakers and the business community, health care, educational resources, and bilingualism and family language maintenance.

We are also delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor
Abbas Benmamoun
(Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Policies and
Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), a
renowned Arabic linguist and expert on Arabic as a heritage language.

We are inviting submissions for poster presentations. There will be a
session devoted to poster presentations in the afternoon of April 23, 2015.
We encourage graduate students, community members, and faculty to submit
proposals
for poster presentations.

Organizers:
Glenn Martínez (Ohio State University)
Diane Birkbichler (Ohio State University)
Brahim Chakrani (Michigan State University)
Lucia Costigan (Ohio State University)

Elena Foulis (Ohio State University)
Kim Potowski (University of Illinois Chicago)
Christine Shea (University of Iowa)
Isabel Velázquez (University of Nebraska)

Sponsors:
We would like to thank the following for their generous support of this conference:
Humanities Without Walls initiative (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
College of Arts and Letters (Michigan State University)
Department of Linguistics and Langauges (Michigan State University)
Muslim Studies Program (Michigan State University)
African Studies Center (Michigan State University)