Mother Language Day, 3/19, 2-3:30pm

Mother Language Day

Listening In: Open mic jam – Word share – Wisdom clips 

Eddy invites you to celebrate International Mother Language Day by reading a brief text in the first language you learned. This may be a poem, an aphorism, a famous quotation or passage. Or just join us to listen in. We aim to share the multilingual voices of our New Paltz community and honor the abundance of cultural wisdom we hold.

In past years, community members have read in Czech, French, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch, Spanish, Ukranian, Turkish, Creole, Japanese, German and other languages!

All students, employees, staff, faculty, administrative divisions/groups invited to participate by listening or presenting.

Recording of 2024 event

2024 Registration Link Here

Liberal Arts & Sciences newsletter article about the 2021 event here.

Join us via WebEx here

How to participate as a Reader (5 minutes max):   

  • Introduce yourself.    
  • Read, recite, or perform the text live or in a pre-recorded format in your mother language. 
  • Translate, if you like, and briefly explain your choice of text.   
  • Provide a slide of the text or another image (optional: email to
  • If you would like to participate from a campus computer at the Dorsky Museum, please indicate this on the registration form.
  • You are welcome to read without registration as time allows.

Co-hosted by Asian Studies, Future Teachers of Color, Center for International Programs, Latin American, Caribbean & Latinx Studies, English Department, Creative Writing Program, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty Center.

Questions about the United Nations International Mother Language Event?  Please email ( 

Google doc for planning two New York Times language related stories.

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