An Exploration of Mood and Light in Mother Languages
UNESCO’s website offers this reason why we need to celebrate International Mother Language Day: Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are also lost.
A creative examination of the nuances of language will take place in our February feature exploring Mother Language Day and Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD). International students will share poetry and prose (and short translations) selections around the theme of mood (sadness, darkness, anxiety, depression or happiness, excitement, energy) and seasons of the year. After presentations in many languages, breakout sessions will form groups to explore different ways language shapes the images of these moods and seasons. Refreshments will be served. Flashpoints will be available. Attendance verification will be done for those required to attend.