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Visits and Events 2018-2019

 

FALL SEMESTER 2018

 

DUNCAN WATTS—Campus Visit:  September 12-14, 2018

Public Lecture

Thursday, September 13, 2018

4:30 pm

FROM SMALL-WORLD NETWORKS TO COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE:

TWO DECADES OF RESEARCH IN BETWEEN DISCIPLINES

G10 Biotech

Free and open to the public

 

JOHN RICKFORD—Campus Visit:  September 16-22, 2018

Public Lecture

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

4:30 pm

Klarman Hall Auditorium

Free and open to the public

CLASS AND RACE IN THE ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE VARIATION AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

In this talk, I will draw on 50+ years of research to address our theoretical understandings of the roles of race and class in sociolinguistic variation, and our applied efforts to curtail the discrimination and injustice experienced by African American and other vernacular speakers in schools, police interactions, courtrooms, job hunts and other aspects of social life.

On the theoretical/descriptive side, although social class/socioeconomic status was at the heart of the genesis of quantitative socio-inguistics in the 1960s, it has been pursued with less frequency and conviction since then.  However, class does remain very relevant to sociolinguistic variation, and recent models of social class variation in sociology offer new strategies for pursuing it. Other theoretical issues that have never been adequately explored are the nature of ethnicity as a sociolinguistic boundary and why and how race came to triumph over class as the basis of socio-political action and speech alignment in the US.

On the applied side, we have only recently begun to document the extent to which speakers of African American Vernacular English [AAVE] are discriminated against in US courtrooms because of jurors’ unfamiliarity with and prejudice against their dialect. Rickford and King (2016) demonstrate, for instance, that the vital courtroom testimony of Rachel Jeantel in the 2013 Florida trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was neither understood nor believed mainly because it was delivered in AAVE.  Jones et al (2018) provide other compelling evidence that US court reporters simply do not understand AAVE speakers well enough.  Other cases from the US, UK and the Caribbean suggest that this is part of a more general problem, exacerbated when the speaker is a person of color.  And Voigt et al (2016) demonstrate that race is the salient basis of the relative respect shown (through language) to motorists stopped by Oakland police officers, regardless of whether the police officers are themselves Black or White.  Finally, there is recent evidence that re-segregation is increasing in the US since court-ordered  efforts against it have been relaxed, with dire consequences for literacy education and unjust incarceration among Black and Brown populations.  How linguists can best respond to these challenges is something we urgently need to decide, and act on.

 

DAVID HILLIS—Campus Visit:  September 23-29, 2018

Symposium

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lab of Ornithology

EvoEvent

EXPLORING THE TREE OF LIFE:  PHYLOGENETICS, SPECIMEN-BASED RESEARCH, AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY

Advanced sign-up is necessary- the link is forthcoming

 

XU BING—Campus Visit:  September 25-October 2, 2018

Public Lecture

On “The Character of Characters”

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

5:15 pm

Wing Lecture Room, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Presented in conjunction with the Cornell Council on the Arts Biennale

https://museum.cornell.edu/exhibitions/xu-bing-character-characters

Free and open to the public

BRINDA SOMAYA—Campus Visit:  October 21-27, 2018

Public Lecture

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

5:00-6:15 pm

Klarman Hall Auditorium

CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES:  40+ YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE IN INDIA

Free and open to the public

 

 

 SPRING SEMESTER 2019

 

MARGARET MARTONOSI—Campus Visit:  January 22-26, 2019

 

LAURIE MARKER—Campus Visit:  April 8-12, 2019