SAIL 2015 - Invited Speakers

Keren Rice

University of Toronto

Professor Keren Rice is the Canada Research Chair in Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto. She has worked extensively on the Athapaskan languages of Canada’s Northwest Territory since the 1970’s. Keren’s Grammar of Slavey is considered one of the best grammars available for an American Indian language – it won the Bloomfield Award from the Linguistic Society of America. Besides her several scholarships contributing to linguistic theory, Keren has also been involved in work involving language documentation and revitalization with native teachers and students in the native communities. 

Monica Macaulay

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Macaulay has worked with several American Indian languages, including Chalcatongo Mixtec (Otomanguean), Ojitlán Chinantec (also Otomanguean) spoken in Mexico, and Karuk (spoken in Northern California). She is currently working with the Menominee, helping out with their language preservation programs (including the production of dictionaries). She is also part of a group that is working on a linguistic corpus of Potawatomi. She is the author of several books, including A Grammar of Chalcatongo Mixtec, and Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students. Monica is co-editor of the Papers of the Algonquian Conference, and the President of the Endangered Language Fund.

Jürgen Bohnemeyer

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Professor Bohnemeyer research interests include areas of semantic typology, linguistic fieldwork, linguistic anthropology and Native American languages, in particular Mesoamerican languages. Jürgen is the director of the Semantic Typology Lab in the Department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo. He is also director of the MesoSpace Project, a major NSF-funded collaborative project investigating the representation of space in 15 indigenous languages of Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico. 

 Cat Ashworth

 Rochester Institute of Technology

Professor Ashworth teaches at RIT's School of Film and Animation. Cat has produced and directed video artworks, documentaries, and educational programs for over twenty-five years. Always looking for innovative ways to communicate visually, her early work combined video art, performance art, and installation art, often with a first person point of view. Cat directed, shot, and edited the film House of Peace (1999), produced by Peter Jemison, and the Seneca writer Calle Martin. She is the director of the Iroquois Creation Story film.

G. Peter Jemison

Ganondagan Historic Site

A member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation, Peter is a highly regarded artist, curator of Native American arts, editor and writer. He is considered an authority on the subject of  the Haudenosaunee history. Peter is the co-editor (with Anna M. Schein) of Treaty of Canadaigua 1794: 200 Years of Treaty Relations Between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States (Clear Light, 2000). He currently serves as the Historic Site Manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site. He is the producer of the Iroquois Creation Story film. 



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