On Friday February 11th at 3:30pm Anne H. Charity Hudley (Stanford University) will give a public lecture as part of the McGill Linguistics colloquium series titled “A model for linguistic reparations.” The pre-registration link is here.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, the Faculty of Arts, the Arts Undergraduate Society, and the Society for Linguistics Undergraduates at McGill, and is part of wider Black History Month events in the Faculty of Arts. Read the McGill Reporter piece here.

Abstract: This current time of pandemic and protest is a visceral and constant reminder that the racial and economic legacies of the enslavement of Black people were not only unresolved but continue to determine the courses of the daily lives of Black people across the world. Diversity and inclusion alone will not repair hundreds of years of injustice. Colleges and universities need to have frank and explicit conversations about Anti-Black racism and create plans for educational reparations.

As part of a model for educational reparations, Charity Hudley presents linguistic reparation work from the Talking College Project, a Black student and Black studies centered community-based research project that was designed to document the particular linguistic choices of Black students for Black students. The Project is explicitly focused on empowering Black students to be proud of their cultural and linguistic heritage.

Bio: Anne Harper Charity Hudley is Professor of Education, African American Studies, and Linguistics at Stanford University. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and Pre-Kindergarten-higher education educational practices and policies and high-impact practices for students who are underrepresented as faculty in higher education.