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Lessons from Caseiyneën Saën: Creativity, resilience, and collaborative scholarship

This is the twelfth in a series of blog posts by participants in the 2019 ACLS Digital Extension Grant project “Ticha: advancing community-engaged digital scholarship” (PI Lillehaugen) published on GlobalSL / Community-based Global Learning Collaborative and Ticha.

The Ticha team started 2020 with a few goals: expand the resources available on the Ticha website, write a set of pedagogical materials, and workshop those pedagogical materials with Zapotec community members. Knowing little of what was to come, we started making big plans.

In a meeting last December, the team took some time to reflect on what we had actually accomplished in 2020. Many of our original plans did not work out in the way we had envisioned! But after lots of brainstorming and hard work, we had indeed met our goals. Everyone expressed a lot of gratitude towards the group, and something that stood out to me was how the deeply collaborative nature of the project had contributed to our successes throughout the year. As Xóchitl Flores-Marcial pointed out, “academia is generally pretty individualistic, it’s also very solitary, and this group demonstrates that we can definitely do things differently!”

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Graduate school in the time of COVID-19: Rethinking my dissertation

There are many things to write about COVID-19 and how it’s impacting graduate students right now. It’s overwhelming. I struggle to find words. The words I’ve found are about research travel, so that’s what I’m writing about now.

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP), one of the major funding agencies of linguistic fieldwork, announced on March 20 that they will not be reviewing applications submitted during the 2020 cycle:

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