Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Nicholas Limerick

The Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies invites you to participate in our upcoming Brownbag Conversation with Prof. Nicholas Limerick, from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College
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Date: March 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 2:00p
Room: 432 Horace Mann
Light refreshments will be served

The CMLL Brownbag series provides CMLL-affiliated faculty and students with an opportunity to share data and aspects of their projects in an informal context with a community of colleagues engaged in research and related work about languages and literacies.

If you would like to participate in the Brownbag Series, please be in touch with us at CMLLatTC@gmail.com

A Dialogue Across Borders

When a young person returns to a country they left at a young age, several questions are called up. Among them:

  • What are the biggest struggles they encounter?
  • What are the educational challenges of navigating education in a different language and academic system?
  • How can educators and activists support them navigating these struggles?
  • And more importantly: How can undocumented youth engage in solidarity practices and collaborate beyond their local spaces and support each other?

These were some of the questions that inspired the conversation that the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies hosted on February 12th, when self-identified DREAMers from the state of New York had a virtual conversation with members of L@s Otr@s DREAMers, a digital network created by and for young people who have returned to Mexico.



This conversation provided an opportunity for youth from both groups to share their challenges, accomplishments and hopes, and to contextualize through their stories the multiple difficulties that transnational undocumented youth encounter; from navigating a different language, to their access to Higher Education and employment.
The CMLL team is grateful for the DREAMers in both countries who generously shared their stories, and we thank the audience for their participation.

Spring 2016 CMLL lineup

This spring, we are excited to feature work of doctoral students and Teachers College faculty that explore various intersections of language and literacies research. We are focusing on conversation as our mode of engagement, and in that vein have organized gatherings designed to stimulate engagement with topics related to the presenters’ work. To that end, we are thankful to our colleagues who have graciously agreed to provide an artifact from their work as a jumping off point for conversation and collective inquiry. We hope you can join us for any or all of these events. We will be adding one or two additional events, so be sure to check back here for more.

A Dialogue Across Borders: A Conversation with DREAMers
Monday, February 15, 2016
Whittier Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University
1230 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10027 (map here)



limerickBrownbag Conversation Series featuring Prof. Nicholas Limerick (Teachers College)
March, 2016 (exact date, TBD)
12:30 – 2:00p


Brownbag Conversation Series featuring Prof. Detra Price-Dennis (Teachers College)
April 20, 2016
12:30 – 2:00p
Room: TBD

Coming up this Spring

Happy New Year, everyone!

After a bit of quiet over here at CMLL, we’re getting ready for an active spring. We are finalizing our spring brownbags and speaker series and will be posting details shortly. Suffice it to say that we’ll be immersed dialogue about language policy, after-school literacy experiences, and more!

Another note: this year’s International Literacy Association Conference is coming up soon and the theme is Culinary Linguistics, to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, March 11-13, 2016. From the CFP:

Recently, much attention has been given to the idea of the language of food in the media and among linguists and other scholars across the disciplines. In addition, a number of books concerning this topic have been published in the last three years. Authors analyze food from various angles such as the linguistic history of culinary terms; the linguistics of food advertising and culinary arts programs; the linguistic components of recipes, menus, labels, restaurant reviews; the discourse of food production and consumption; and the comparison of cooking and dining practices across cultures. The ILA invites submissions that explore these and other connections between linguistics and food.

You can read the full Call for Papers here: CFP Update 61st ILA annual conf Culinary Linguistics

Hope to see you there! And check back for more information about speakers and our brownbag series.

If you’re not already on our listserv, contact us at: CMLLatTC@gmail.com


Scenes from Kate Pahl’s visit to CMLL

A few tweets from Kate Pahl’s visit to Teachers College and the Center last week, chock full of links and other little tidbits of goodness to ponder!

Happening this weekend: ILA’s “Linguistics and Education” Conference at Teachers College

CMLL is thrilled to help sponsor ILA’s Annual Conference. This year’s theme, “Linguistics and Education,” is a perfect match for current ILA president Jo Anne Kleifgen, who is also one of the founders of CMLL. See below for more information about this year’s conference.

From the ILA website:

60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association
Theme: Linguistics and Education – Honoring Franklin E. Horowitz

Teachers College, Columbia University, April 24-26, 2015

On the occasion of the 60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, we pay special tribute to Franklin Horowitz, who has been an active and dedicated member of the ILA from its earliest years, serving both as an ongoing member of the Executive Board and as ILA’s president from 1999 to 2002. A professor of linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University for over 35 years, Frank’s enthusiasm for language inspired legions of students, who continue the work of teaching linguistics to their own students around the world. His influence has been enormous, both as a leader of the ILA and as a teacher. Thus, this year’s theme reflects the mark he has left on those who have worked with and learned from him.

Plenary Speakers

  • Ellen Bialystok, York University
  • William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
  • Raymond McDermott, Stanford University
  • Jacob Mey, University of Southern Denmark

Invited Panels

WORD Global Roundtable. On the occasion of the re-launch of WORD, journal of the ILA, Teachers College, Columbia University and Beijing Normal University will host a simulcast roundtable co-chaired by WORD‘s managing editor Jonathan J. Webster and ILA’s president, Jo Anne Kleifgen. Our panelists will be Sheila Embleton, Michael Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, William Labov, and Jacob Mey.

Rethinking the Relationship between Linguistics and Education. Betsy Rymes, Andrea Leone, Mark Lewis andNelson Flores of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate school of Education, will explore themes in language research in education.

Workshops for Teachers

The Writers’ Sentence: From Casual to Formal Writing. Alice Deakins of William Paterson University and colleagues will present four increasingly complex levels of the English sentence, including both grammatical conventions and stylistic power. At each level, the structure of the sentence will be discussed followed by practice in a game format.

Having Fun with Words. Kate Parry of Hunter College, CUNY and colleagues will focus on the problem of learning infrequently encountered vocabulary. Participants will engage in games or exercises requiring interactive discussion about the selected words. Materials that teachers can use with their students will be provided.

Click here for more complete information, including details about registration and lodging.

Next in our CMLL Speaker Series: Kate Pahl (April 14th)

Kate Pahl, our CMLL Visiting Scholar, will be in residence at Teachers College this month, April 13th – 15th. There will be several opportunities for anyone interested to learn more about her work. Kate Pahl is Professor of Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of ‘Materializing literacies: The uses of literacy revisited’ (Bloomsbury 2014).

During her visit, Dr. Pahl will join us for the Multimodality Study Group – April 14th, 12-1:30p, Room: TBA
Additional opportunities to meet with Dr. Pahl will be posted as they are finalized.

On April 14th, she will present in our Speaker Series: Co-producing literacies: ways of knowing in communities.
Time: 6:00p (reception at 5:30p)
Room: 152 Horace Mann


This presentation will describe a collaborative ethnographic research project that is currently underway in Rotherham with a focus on ‘Imagining better communities and making them happen’ funded by the ESRC through the Connected Communities programme. At the heart of the project is an exploration of how different ways of knowing or ‘unknowing’ (Vasudevan 2011) can inform understandings of community literacy practices. image kate pahl Drawing on the concept of ‘materializing literacies’ as a touchstone for generative research, this presentation will describe different understandings of literacy in communities.These ways of knowing incorporate textiles, art-work, images, oral stories and draw on the magical spaces of the everyday. This presentation will re-think the way literacies are conceived and understood through collaborative ethnographic research with girls and women, using literary and post-colonial theory. By bringing together a hermeneutic understanding of the social, drawing on post- colonial literary texts, a complex picture of literacy as meshed with ‘the fabric of our lives’ will be presented. This presentation draws on Pahl (2014) – an approach to literacy that combined multimodality with aesthetic and literary theory together with the New Literacy Studies to re-think how literacy is understood within multilingual community contexts.

Learn more about Pahl’s work in her article titled, “The Aesthetics of Everyday Literacies: Home Writing Practices in a British Asian Household,” recently published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

Image: ‘The Fabric of Our Lives”: The ‘Listening Voices – Telling Stories’ project in Rotherham

Professor Arshad Ali: “Citizens Under Suspicion: Responsive Research with Community Under Surveillance”

What are the challenges that researchers face when developing responsive research working with marginalized communities? On March 5th, Professor Arshad Ali visited Teachers College as part of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies Speaker Series, to discuss his research project working with muslim youth and how they make sense of surveillance in multiple spaces in their lives. His qualitative approach to understand these processes aimed to engage with a community following the traditions of a participatory research methodology.IMG_2619

Professor Ali offered a detailed analysis of the ways in which the threat of surveillance permeates multiple spaces for young people, and how it impacts their own sense of identity and citizenship. He also questioned the long-term implications of these threats, particularly within educational contexts, for muslim youth.

Throughout his presentation, Professor Ali posited the importance of developing research methodologies that can be beneficial for marginalized communities and that can challenge hegemonic understandings of these communities within academic institutions.

The CMLL team appreciates the participation of the attendees, and Professor Arshad Ali, who generously shared his academic inquiries with us.

CMLL Speaker Series: Arshad Ali (March 5th)

Professor Arshad Ali, from George Washington University, will be joining us on March 5th to speak about his research, which explores how  marginalized young people make sense of their own identity and agency in an era in which state-sanctioned surveillance is part of their lives. 

His talk is titled “Citizens Under Suspicion: Responsive Research with Community Under Surveillance”

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:30p
Room: 306 Russell

Light refreshments will be served.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ali for graduate students:
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Please note: The fireside chat will take place in a different room than the talk.


In the 14 years since the 9/11 events, this nation as a whole, and New York City in particular, has escalated its state-sanctioned surveillance in the lives and activities of Muslims in the United States. In this talk, Dr. Ali will explores the ramifications of police infiltration and monitoring of Muslim student and community-based organizations. Drawing upon 24 months of ethnographic fieldwork among multiple research sites with Muslim youth in New York City, he examines  how surveillance affected the relationships within communities utilizing notions of power, panoptic gaze and governmentality. Throughout the participatory action ethnographic study he found that an insidious result of the New York Police Department’s Demographics Unit has been the alarming rise of self-discipline behaviors amid a culture of fear and panoptic gaze, as well as diminished intercommunity trust and sense of solidarity among these youth themselves. Through the participatory action research process of data collection and analysis, these findings point to a need to reconfigure the roles and responsibilities of a social researcher.