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Students co-host 1st Mānoa Interdepartmental Language Symposium

Students in the Department of Linguistics co-hosted the 1st Mānoa Interdepartmental Language Symposium (MILS), April 5-7, 2024. MILS was organized by students from Linguistics, Second Language Studies, and East Asian Languages & Literatures. The goal of the event was to bring together all the language-related departments at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa to build strong relationships among students and faculty across language departments, share language-focused research happening in other departments across campus, and spark new interdisciplinary research collaborations. 

The symposium featured plenary addresses from Professor Jayson Parba of the UHM Department of Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures, and Professor Scott Saft of the Linguistics program at UH Hilo. It also featured two panel discussions, a kava ceremony, a language games night, a huakaʻi around campus, and presentations by research being undertaken by students at UHM.

MILS was supported by funding from the Interdisciplinary Conference Award, a program that is made possible by the “Expanding the Student Experience-CALL” fund of the UH Foundation, the Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and from the Associated Students from the University of Hawai’i (ASUH).

Congratulations to the Steering Committee! We are looking forward to the 2nd MILS in the future.

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