Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hmong Literacies: February 25-26th

Hmong Literacies: A Two-Day Series of Public Events
Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities & Concordia University, Saint Paul

The Center for Writing and its cosponsors are happy to present three free events as part of the Center’s Literacy & Rhetorical Studies Program. Hmong Literacies scholar John Duffy (University of Notre Dame) joins a thriving community of Hmong studies scholars to explore questions of literacy, writing systems, and the emergence of Hmong studies as a scholarly field.

The Problems of Hmong "Preliteracy"John Duffy, University of Notre Dame, author of Writing from These Roots: Literacy in a Hmong-American Community (2009 CCCC Outstanding Book Award)

Thursday, February 25
2:30 - 4:00 pm
135 Nicholson Hall, University of Minnesota

Hmong Literacies: Literacy Activists and Lesser-Known Writing Systems
Join three speakers -- all Hmong literacy activists -- who have been deeply involved in the creation and promotion of lesser-known Hmong writing systems over more than 50 years. Includes discussion, interpretation in English by Kao Kalia Yang, and light dinner.

Chia Koua Vang (Txiaj Kuam Vaj), Ntawv Phaj Hauj (Pahawh Hmong)
Tchyui Vang (Tsuj Yig Vaaj), Ntawv Neej Hmoob (Hmong Life Alphabet)
Choua Der Xiong (Tsua Dawb Xyooj), Qauv Ntaub Qauv Ntawv (Embroidery Pattern Alphabet)

Thursday, February 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Buenger Education Center, 200 Syndicate Street North, Concordia University, St. Paul

Currents in Hmong Studies: A Roundtable of Hmong Studies Scholars
Roundable discussion, moderated by John Duffy, with lunch.

Leena Neng Her, Hmong Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Educational Linguistics
Mai Na Lee, Assistant Professor, History
Mitchell Ogden, Assistant Director, Center for Writing
Gian-Thao (Alisia) Tran, Hmong Studies Graduate Fellow, Psychology

Friday, February 26
12:00 - 2:00 pm
125 Nolte Center, University of Minnesota

For more information, and to register for these free events, please visit

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