Plenary Address Information

Opening Plenary Speaker:

Noenoe K. Silva (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)

I Mau Puke Wehewehe Hou:  A Call for New Reference Works for Hawaiian

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Photo by Sancia Shiba Nash

Noenoe K. Silva is Kanaka Hawaiʻi from Kailua, Oʻahu.  She is professor of Hawaiian and Indigenous Politics in the Department of Political Science at UHM, and Cooperating Faculty in the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. She is the author of Aloha Betrayed:  Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism and The Power of the Steel-Tipped Pen:  Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History, both published by Duke University Press, and numerous journal articles.  Her research interests include the reclamation of ʻike Hawaiʻi through the furtherance of understanding of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, mele Hawaiʻi, and moʻolelo Hawaiʻi, and the reconstruction of histories of Hawaiʻi through the archives written in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi by kūpuna Hawaiʻi

Closing Plenary Speakers:

Michal Temkin Martinez & Selda Delsooz (Boise State University)

Language Work in Displaced Communities: Collaboration toward a more just life in the diaspora

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Michal Temkin Martinez

Michal Temkin Martinez is professor and chair of linguistics at Boise State University, where she has taught since 2009. Since her arrival at Boise State, she has been collaborating with community members who were resettled in the US as refugees. In 2010, she founded the Boise Language Project as a collaboration with community members whose goal is to elevate the languages spoken in Boise and bring attention to the language needs of the community while training linguistics undergraduate students. At the University-level, Michal is a member of a community/campus partnership that seeks to aid community members who arrive as refugees and the service providers who assist them in the resettlement process. Having earned her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Southern California, her training is in phonological perception and production, and as co-Associate Editor of the Teaching Linguistics section of the journal Language, her most research includes capacity building for scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in linguistics.

Selda Delsooz

Selda Delsooz is an undergraduate student at Boise State University. Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, Selda is a native speaker of the Kaboli dialect of Dari (prs; Western Iranian). Selda studied Business Administration at a university in Kabul before she and her parents were resettled in the US in August of 2021. She was able to enroll in classes at Boise State in the spring of 2022, and also worked as the language consultant for the capstone course in linguistic field methods during that semester. Selda will be sharing reflections on her own experience as consultant and will be sharing interviews with past collaborators and consultants for the Boise Language Project.