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Visiting UMD professor focuses on Ojibwe language teaching and research

Mary HermesMary Hermes, associate professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will be joining the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as a visiting professor for the 2011-2012 school academic year. Fifty percent of Dr. Hermes' time will be dedicated to the Ojibwe Conversational Archives project, funded by the National Science Foundation (Hermes PI). She is working with Dr. John Nichols (CO-PI, American Indian Studies) and a team of researchers to document everyday speaking in Ojibwe, a highly endangered Minnesota indigenous language. Dr. Hermes will also be working with faculty in Second Languages and Cultures (SLC) and Culture and Teaching (CAT) program areas, to teach two classes during spring 2012: World Language Revitalization and Sustainability, and American Indian identity and culture in Education. In addition, with Dr. Kendall King (SLC), Hermes and Persia Erdrich, an UMN undergraduate, are researching how urban Ojbiwe families in the Twin Cities are learning Ojibwe. Dr. Hermes will be visiting classes and giving lectures across campus this year.

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