Feb 05, 2011

Dean William Parks Colloquium Series

(Newport News, Va.) - Are "dying" languages worth fighting for? In Europe a wave of minority language activism has prompted intense debate. For the next installment in the CNU Dean Parks Colloquium Series addressing Language: Power, Prestige and Prejudice, CNU Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Kai Heidemann will demonstrate how a closer look at the transnational debate over the issue of linguistic rights reveals a remarkable story about how and why people will fight in the name of language.

Dr. Heidemann’s lecture titled "In the Name of Language: The Struggle for Linguistic Rights in France and the ‘New’ Europe," will take place Thursday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Music & Theatre Hall. The event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.
Dr. Heidemann received his PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and joined the CNU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work in 2010. His research focuses on linguistic rights in education with a geographical emphasis on the European Union. His work has been funded by national and international sources alike (the Spencer and Mellon Foundations and the European Commission). His articles address both the theory and method of language policy as well as language policies in European nations.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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