International Day Without English

International Day Without English


Project Launch from IDWE Headquarters at Duke University in Durham, NC and Super G: Experiential Residency Program in Greensboro, NC.

The 2011 International Day Without English campaign will be launched from its headquarters at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina December 12 – 18.

In addition to what any other participants may be organizing around the world, a final launch event will also happen on December 18, 2011 from 1-3pm at the ‘Super G: Experiential Residency Program’ in Greensboro, North Carolina (*see directions below).

The event is a conversation about culture and migration co-hosted by Lee Walton and Donovan McKnight (Super G: Experiential Residency Program creators), Xandra Eden (Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum), and Pedro Lasch (IDWE producer and Duke University Professor). We invite anyone wanting to hear or share ideas, stories or experiences of migration and culture to this event. Please note that half way through the event, beginning at 2pm, some of us will stop speaking English to observe International Day Without English. This will also be our way to participate in theUN/QMA/Creative Time/IMI Global Action for International Migrants Day.

*Where: Super G Mart, 4927 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC (when entering the store, walk straight ahead to the flea market, the International Day Without English booth will be on your left in that section)


One thought on “International Day Without English

  1. This is a pretty cool concept and I guess the general idea here is to bring awareness to the dominance of the English language throughout most of the world. But on the other hand, we’re going to be having a big meeting of refugees and immigrants here in Greensboro on the same day, December 18, to talk about, among other things, an international soccer league. So guess what language we’re going to use as the lingua franca? Practically speaking, local refugees and immigrants need to learn English as soon as possible, and our local resources are scatter shot and generally unable to provide good learning opportunities.

    In our (Greensboro) area, instead of a Day Without English — how about a Day With Nepali, a Day With Bunong, or Day With Karen? Better yet, hang with these folks and do a little trade: a little English for a little Nepali, and so on.

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