The Fourth Bi-Annual Conference on Language, Society, and
Language and Social Justice: Language for Change
May 25, 2018 at LaGuardia Community College
Advocating for change is
a hallmark of CUNY. Issues of social justice are at the base of our work in the
community colleges of New York City’s public university, as reflected in the
mission of LaGuardia Community College which includes educating and assisting
“one of the most diverse student populations in the country to become critical
thinkers and socially responsible citizens who help to shape a rapidly evolving
society.” Supporting our students, giving them access to quality education, and
enabling upward mobility are at the heart of CUNY’s longstanding foundations.
Scholars of CUNY, from
many different lenses (e.g. linguistic, sociological, historical,
anthropological, economic, political, literary, or educational), share a common
interest in analyzing and understanding the connections between language and
Friday, May 25, 2018
9:00AM – 4:30PM
9:00 a.m. – 9:25
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lobby of the Little Theater – M Building
9:25 a.m. – 9:30
Leigh Garrison-Fletcher, Conference
9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Concurrent Panel
and Paper Presentations
Theater and E-242
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collins, Program Director for the Deaf Studies Program at LaGuardia Community
“Deconstructing Audism: The Movement from Audist to
12:00 p.m. – 1:00
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Panel
and Paper Presentations
Theater and E-242
2:10 p.m. – 3:10
Student Poster Session and Coffee
3:20 p.m. – 4:20
Concurrent Panel and Paper Presentations
Rebekah Johnson, Conference
Panel Presentation (Little Theater) 9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Translanguaging in the Composition Classroom
McNair, Associate Professor of English (LAGCC); Tuli Chatterji, Assistant
Professor of English (LAGCC); Tara Coleman, Assistant Professor of English (LAGCC);
Tze Keung Tam, student (LAGCC); Kyra
Lia Nelson, student (LAGCC); Vincent Truong, student (LAGCC)
panel will challenge language ideologies that run counter to LaGuardia’s
cultural, linguistic, and human diversity. By foregrounding recognition of
multilingualism as a necessary form through which the center-periphery model of
languages can be destabilized, faculty and student presenters will attempt to
recognize and legitimize student voices across national borders.
Workshops (E-242) 9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
linguistic map of the accents of English spoken at Kingsborough Community
Alexandra Baumander, student (KBCC); Felix
Chen, student (KBCC); Beckie Dugaillard, student (KBCC); William
Giammarino, student (KBCC); Eldis Music, student (KBCC); Daisy
Patron, student (KBCC); Kai Phillips, student (KBCC); Patryk
Rybinski, student (KBCC); Shanique Soman, student (KBCC); Laura Spinu,
Assistant Professor (KBCC)
Our project documents the
linguistic diversity at Kingsborough Community College, and further addresses
experimentally sociolinguistic topics such as stigmatized aspects
of speech, the effect of different foreign accents on listeners'
perceptions of the speakers' personal characteristics, the connection between
pitch and gender identity across cultures, and the most prominent
characteristics of Brooklynese.
Teaching Social Justice:
Engaging Students with Current Cultural
Presenter: Rebekah Johnson,
Associate Professor (LAGCC)
This presentation explores classroom practices which promote
a critical awareness of social justice through discussion of current events
such as #Dreamers and #MeToo. Sample class activities will be demonstrated.
Participants will collaboratively create definitions of social justice relevant
for their teaching contexts and brainstorm related activities.
John M. Collins (Little Theater)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deconstructing Audism: The Movement from
Audist to Ally
Collins is a 20-year veteran of Lexington School for the Deaf and currently serves
as the Program Director for the Deaf Studies Program at LaGuardia Community
College. He also serves on the faculty of the ASL-English Sign Language Interpreting
Program. In addition to teaching Sign Language Linguistics and Sociology of
American Deaf Communities, Mr. Collins has taught American Sign Language since
presentations include a 2014 TED Talk at Gallaudet University entitled
"Productivity & The Brain: Metacognition, Habits and More" and a
2015 CUNY GameFest presentation on "Game Design: Process vs Product."
Today's presentation is an expanded version of a short seminar presented at LaGuardia's
2017 Opening Session.
Spring 2017, Mr. Collins coordinated the Latinx Deaf Experience conference here
at LaGuardia to examine the multicultural and intersectional identities of the
Latino Deaf communities.
September 2018, Mr. Collins' case study entitled "High-Impact Eportfolio
Practice: Structured Career Discernment Via Eportfolio" will appear in the
volume "Catalyst in Action" edited by Bret Eynon and Laura Gambino.
Collins holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University
of California, San Diego as well as a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C.
on the internet.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bi/Multilingual: Translating the Self and Self-Translation
Presenters: Qiao Chow,
student (QCC); Nida Mazhar, student (QCC); John Saeteros, student (QCC); Prof.
John David Yi (QCC); Prof. Magdalena Bogacka-Rode(QCC)
This panel of students and English
Department faculty from Queensborough Community College explores how we use
multiple languages to translate ourselves and self-translate as well as how
doing so allows us to join certain conversations and at the same time excludes
us from others.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Video Productions as a
Remedy to Language Contraction.
The Case of Amazigh/Berber
in North Africa
Presenter: Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor (LAGCC)
African language policies and economic factors generated Amazigh/Berber
language contraction. In the 1960s, a number of Berber cultural identity
organizations formed both nationally and internationally to sustain and promote
Berber cultural identity. Berber producers used an effective medium: videos
targeting home consumers in order to regain control over their culture and
of Tomorrow Initiative
Presenters: Kyle Paneto (LAGCC)
and other members of the Scholars of Tomorrow Initiative
The Scholars of Tomorrow Initiative are LAGCC students
united to help bridge correctional
facilities and our institution so that incarcerated people will have the chance
to pursue education and achieve success. Realizing the
importance of language, our first
project was to create an instructional enrollment guide
specifically for our incarcerated.
Presentations E-111 2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Mohammad Abiyan (LAGCC) Farrington vs. Tokushige
Moeez Ali (BMCC) Cultural Context in Discourse: Evidence from Bollywood
(LAGCC) The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
Khadijatou Baldeh (BMCC) How men
use interruption to gain power in a conversation
Steven Chung (LAGCC) Executive
Gabi Czekan (LAGCC) Language
Attitudes of Derogatory Gendered Terms
Tatianna Falzon (LAGCC) The
Value of Accents
Owen Kellaway (BMCC) Sitting
at my Table Like That: Language and Masculinity in the Film Moonlight
Gershom Miranda (BMCC) The
Dominance of Masculinity in Discourse Through Hierarchal Superiority
Nkechi Nwagbara (BMCC) Manterruptions
(LAGCC) Chinese Languages and Globalizaton
Paige Silva (BMCC) Debating Social
Justice: A Study of Trump-Era Sociopolitical Discourse
Adkhamjon Soliev (BMCC) Language,
Power and Gender of the 1960s: A Multivariate Analysis Research Note
Oona Toussaint (KBCC) Bilingualism
and the effect of electronic devices on language development
and No Child Left Behind Law
Escobar Jenifer (LAGCC)
Franceschina, The Sounds of
Rodriguez, Lauren Kashayoff,
Daisy Patron, Rukiyya
Ilahi, Pitch across cultures
Giancarlo Macias, Aiatt
and Yaritza Bautista
Kai Phillips, The perception
of foreign accents by native and non-native
Saragine Edouard, speakers
Lisa Rosado, Jessica
and Kevin Zheng (KBCC)
Beckie Dugaillard, Multilingualism, fluency,
and speech rate
and William Giammarino
Shanique Soman, Stigmatized aspects of
voice and speech
Felix Chen, Desiree
and Shumail Quyyam (KBCC)