ICS Lecture on Multilingualism and Cultural Diversity in Aruba

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 9 lecture series for the 2011-2012 academic year, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Research on Multi-Lingualism and Cultural Diversity in Small Island Societies: The Case of Aruba,” by Dr. Lydia Emerencia (Director, Center for Research and Development, University of Aruba). Dr. Nicholas Faraclas (English Department and Linguistics Graduate Program, School of Humanities, UPR-Río Piedras) will serve as commentator.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 8, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre, CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: Aruba is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual society with complex social-cultural structures, and acculturation patterns. Most people speak the four main languages Papiamento, Spanish, English and Dutch, while there is a constant struggle regarding the social status of the aforementioned languages. Research on Culture and Language in Aruba is critically important for national cultural policy, which will need to answer questions such as: What kind of research on Language and Culture is needed? Which are the challenges of language and cultural research in small societies such as Aruba? Which are the demands regarding institutional capacity for language and cultural research? Which academic, political and societal support is needed for language and cultural research? How can research findings concerning language and culture shape national development plans?

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to

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