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#036--October 26, 1999
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665


SAN FRANCISCO --- San Francisco State University will host a panel discussion on "Legislating Language: Multilingualism, Language Policy, and Language Rights in California and Mexico," featuring numerous authorities on language policy, on Tuesday, November 9 at 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center on the campus, 1600 Holloway Ave. Admission is free.

The discussion will examine the implications of restrictive language politics such as Proposition 227 and legislation in California for linguistic minority populations and students on both sides of the border. The colloquium will closely look at the impact of Proposition 227 --- approved in 1998 to replace traditional bilingual education with a nearly exclusive emphasis on English --- on K-12 education and teacher education programs in California. The panel also will focus on other issues regarding linguistic minority education from a California-Mexico perspective.

Panelists will include Reynoldo Macias, professor of Chicana/o studies, education and applied linguistics and chair of the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; Rainer Enrique Hamel, professor of linguistics in the department of anthropology at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, Mexico; and Peter Roos, co-director of Multicultural Training and Advocacy, Inc. (META) and one of the lead attorneys in bilingual education cases, including the challenge to Proposition 227.

The discussion, part of a series sponsored by S.F. State's College of Education and the Cesar E. Chavez Institute for Public Policy at S.F. State, is part of SFSU's Centennial celebration. Founded in 1899, SFSU is celebrating its 100th year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California and beyond. For more information, call (415) 338-1534.


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