IWU to Celebrate International Mother Language Day
February 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The international students at Illinois Wesleyan invite the campus
to join them in celebrating International Mother Language Day 2008 on Thursday, Feb.
21. Students will be at tables during lunch and dinner in the Bertholf Commons and
during lunch in the Dugout within the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington)
showing students, faculty and staff how their names appear in different languages.
International Mother Language Day was proposed to the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by Bangladesh in honor of three university
students who were killed on February 21, 1952 during a peaceful protest when their
government would not recognize their native language, Bangla.
UNESCO passed a resolution in 1999 making every February 21st thereafter International
Mother Language Day, which is now widely celebrated annually around the world as well
as at Illinois Wesleyan University.
This year also marks the beginning of International Year of Languages, declared by
UNESCO with their slogan “Languages Matter!” To celebrate this event, the organization
invites governments, educational institutions, and professional associations, along
with several others, to increase their own activities in promoting the protections
of all languages, particularly those that are endangered.
For more information, contact Reenie Bradley at 556-3190 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The student leader of this project, Farah Munir, can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Contact: Sehaj Sethi, (309) 556-3181