Language is Life Keynote Speaker

Richard Grounds, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker


Richard Grounds, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the non-profit Yuchi Language Project, which works to create new fluent speakers through immersion teaching between fluent elders and children. He has been on the faculty of St. Olaf College and the University of Tulsa. He served as convener for the University of Pennsylvania conference, "Native American Languages in Crisis: Academia, Technology and Smaller Language Communities," as consultant for the Smithsonian's "Recovering Voices" Initiative, and as co-planner for the "National Native Language Revitalization Summit" in Washington, DC. Dr. Grounds represented the North American Region at the Expert Meeting on Indigenous Languages held by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2016. He currently serves as chair of the Global Indigenous Languages Caucus. The UNESCO declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, is a result of his consistent advocacy calling for such a designation to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Dr. Grounds’ keynote speech, Intellectual Colonialism and the International Year of Indigenous Languages, will be given on Saturday, April 13.