#SHU_Libraries & The College of Arts and Sciences present a talk by Prof. Jorge López Cortina, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:
“Rediscovering Cham Heritage in Cambodia: Language, Script, and Community”
When: Monday, March 19, 6-7p Where: Walsh Library, 2nd floor Common Area
THIS TALK IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Prof. Jorge López Cortina, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, will discuss the Cham Heritage Extension Program, a literacy project that ran between 2011 and 2017 and saw the first formal attempts to produce literacy materials for the Western Cham language and train instructors as advocates of Cham literacy to the wider community.
Initially envisioned as a small literacy project for a few villages, the program produced six textbooks and language guides, trained more than thirty Cham teachers, and served over 2,400 students. Most importantly, the program has expanded the scope of use of the written Cham language, producing not only textbooks, but children books, books of poetry, and a monthly general interest publication, Mukva, the first ever Cham language periodical. The program also established the Cham Language Advisory Committee, a body that watches over all these initiatives in order to ensure that the process of normalization of the Cham language is steered by the Cham community.
The Cham are a Muslim minority in Cambodia, an overwhelmingly Buddhist country. The Cham language belongs to the Austronesian family, which includes Tagalog, Malay and Hawai’ian, and is unrelated to Khmer, the majority language in Cambodia. Cham is the first Austronesian language documented, with texts going as far back as the 4th century CE. In spite of the rich history and literature of the Cham language, Cham literacy has been in decline for centuries, as Vietnam gained influence in the region and finally annexed the remains of the kingdom of Champa in 1832.
Prof. Jorge López Cortina is currently the director of the Spanish Program at Seton Hall University. Besides his involvement in Cham literacy projects, he has authored several texbooks in Spanish and coauthored the Khmer textbook used by the Peace Corps in Cambodia.
Renee Robinson, PhD, is a professor of Communication in the Center for Graduate Studies. Robinson’s research involves communication in mediated environments, instructional settings, and organizational contexts. She publishes in the areas of communication instruction and pedagogy, workplace interactions, and mobile learning.
Professor Thomas Rondinella is a film and video producer with his own company, Catfish Studios, and is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students and Academic Affairs for the College of Communication and the Arts.
Please join us as we welcome guest speakers John Berry III (Editor-at-Large for Library Journal), and Seton Hall University professor Dr. Christopher Tienken for a lively discussion (with Q&A) on the topic of information and misinformation.
When: Wednesday, March 29th at noon-1:15PM. Where: Seton Hall University Libraries – Walsh Library, 2nd floor Common Area Please RSVP to: Franceska.Osmann@shu.edu
During John Berry’s more than fifty years with Library Journal where he was Editor-in-Chief, he authored over 700 publications and maintained an active role in the American Library Association, spearheading many socially aware initiatives. He is a recipient of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to librarianship.
Dr. Christopher Tienken has authored over 80 publications. His research interests include school reform issues such as standardization, the influence of curriculum quality on student outcomes, and the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools. He was was named the 2014 College of Education and Human Services Researcher of the Year, and was invited to be a member of the Professors of Curriculum organization in 2015.