Buddhist student preserves indigenous language

On Friday, October 18 at 11 am in the Interfaith Chapel on Tufts’ campus. Maung Nyeu will give a talk entitled, “Between Extinction and Hope: Language, Culture, and Spirituality of Indigenous Peoples of Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.”

Maung Nyeu is a Buddhist student from the Marma tribe in Chittagong Hill Tracts. He is working to preserve his indigenous language in Bangladesh. This is a unique opportunity for the Tufts community from various cultural and language backgrounds to reflect on the importance of local languages and stories in the preservation of unique local cultures, spirituality and wisdom. Maung Nyeu is currently finishing his Ph.D at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the co-chair of Indigenous Knowledge & the Academy, Comparative & International Education Society, as well as the founder and executive director of Our Golden Hour– an organization committed to extending educational opportunities for children in marginalized communities and underserved areas. An award-winning author of children’s books and multilingual picture dictionaries, he was nominated as one of the fifty most inspiring stories by BBC World Service.  Light snacks will be provided. All are welcome.

Co-Sponsored by Tufts Buddhist Chaplaincy, Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Student Group, Department of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Center for the Humanities at Tufts, and Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies.