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INTERNATIONAL CREOLE MONTH FORUM

North Miami, FL – 10/10/2014

A Conversation on the Creole Language and its Global Impact

The city of North Miami, under the direction of North Miami Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril in collaboration with Miami Dade College North Campus, under the leadership of President Malou C. Harrison, will host a symposium to commemorate International Creole Month on Thursday, October 23, 2014.   The event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., will focus on the importance of preserving the global Creole cultures and languages. The event will be held at Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Avenue, in Miami, inside the Conference Center Room 3249.  

The month of October has become a worldwide celebration of the Creole language. The Creole language has many variations and is most prevalent throughout the Caribbean – Haiti, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Seychelles, and Reunion. Creole influences can also be found in Florida and Louisiana.  “In 2013, the city of North Miami hosted a forum in celebration of International Creole Month as part of our affiliation with the Sister Cities International program,” explained Councilwoman Steril, who was recently elected to the national Board of Directors of the Sister Cities International program. “I am delighted to work with Miami Dade College North Campus and President Malou C. Harrison, to elevate the awareness of the linguistic heritage of the Creole language.”  

In South Florida, the most predominant Creole language spoken is Haitian Creole, which has become an integral part of the fabric of our community. This symposium is designed to spark conversation amongst students of Modern languages at the university and high school level and to foster a discussion with university scholars, foreign dignitaries and members of the Diaspora of Haiti and other Creole-speaking countries.

The half-day symposium will consist of an opening session and three breakout sessions to explore cultural tolerance, understanding of the native Creole languages, and affirming the need for preserving the languages.  “Exposing students to an introspective study of languages allows us to make the connection with cultural awareness and identity,” shared President Malou C. Harrison, who champions such events that make an impact on the community at her campus. Furthermore, she explains “students of all levels benefit from this program to take a deeper look into the impact of language on our community.” 

For more information on the symposium or to RSVP, contact the North Miami Office of the Mayor and Council at 305-895-9815.
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