DANIEL KAUFMN is the Executive Director the Endangered Language Alliance in New York City. The Endangered Language Alliance is an independent non-profit and is the only organization in the world focused on the immense linguistic diversity of urban areas. Many of the New York area’s estimated 800 languages are highly endangered. ELA documents and describes under-described and endangered languages, educating a larger public and collaborating with communities. Daniel was featured in a March 30 article in The New Yorker titled “A Loss for Words: Can a Dying Language be Saved” by Judith Thurman. She begins her article by stating: “The consequences of losing a language may not be understood before it’s too late.” Daniel has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University. www.elalliance.org

RENE OSWALDO GONZALEZ PIZARRO (Mixe) Researcher for the Center for Studies and Development of Indigenous Languages of Oaxaca. www.serpienteoaxaca.blogspot.com

EMMANUEL VAUGHAN-LEE is a filmmaker, musician and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films and released three critically acclaimed albums. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide about the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language. Marie’s Dictionary - www.vimeo.com/105673207


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