05 April 2015

Michel DeGraff gives Freeman Lecture

Michel DeGraff will deliver the Freeman Lecture this Friday, 10 April 2015 at 3:30 PM in the Integrative Learning Center, N 151. The title of his talk is "Kreyol pale, Kreyol konprann: Power/knowledge at the crossroads of history, linguistics & education in Haiti."

Michel DeGraff is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in syntax, morphology, language change, Creole studies, Haitian Creole, education in Haiti, and the linguistics-ideology interface. In his Freeman Lecture, he will discuss his participation in and the rationale, accomplishments and prospects of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, which is a project for the development, evaluation and dissemination of active-learning resources in Kreyòl (the national language of Haiti and one of its two official languages) to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education plus leadership and management in Haiti.