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Conference/workshop/guest presentations

March 24, 2018. “Oral History of Sahelian Environmental Change in African Languages: Digitizing the 1989-90 Sahel Oral History Project Interviews.” 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, US

March 24, 2017. “Public Education and Messaging in African Languages during the West African Ebola Epidemic.” African Languages, Agency, and the Production of Knowledge, Columbia University, New York, US

April 25, 2015. “ALMA: African Languages at Work.” 19th African Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Herndon, Virginia, US

December 17, 2009. “African Languages and Mobile Media.” Experts Meeting on Mobile Media and Development, UNESCO, Paris.

September 10, 2008. "Unicode Support for Modern African Languages and Scripts: Where are We Today?" 32nd Internationalization and Unicode Conference, San Jose, California, US [collaborative effort with Dr. Debbie Anderson, University of California at Berkeley, who presented in my absence]

January 23, 2007. "An Introduction to Localisation in Africa." Presentation at the Regional Consultation on Local Language Computing Policy in Developing Asia (PAN L10n Project), Thimphu, Bhutan

June 22, 2006. "African Languages and ICT for Development in Africa: Introduction" and "Localization of ICT in Africa." Two presentations in a seminar on African languages and ICT held at the World Bank entitled "African Languages and ICT for Development in Africa: Rationale for, potential of, and resources to facilitate localization."

December 6, 2005. "Introduction to African Language Localization." Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) Forum, Cairo, Egypt

September 13, 2005. "The PanAfrican Localisation Project: Facilitating and Networking African Localisation Initiatives." LRC - X (10th Annual Conference of the Localisation Research Centre), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland (audio)

September 9, 2005. "Unicode and African Languages at Northern Universities and Research Institutions – Exploring the Connections." 28th Internationalization and Unicode Conference, Orlando, Florida, US [approved for presentation; was unable to present in person due to late conflict with meeting in Dakar]

April 12, 2005. "Agricultural Development and Environmental Issues in the West African Sahel." Guest lecture, Center for African Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China

April 6, 2005. "Langues africaines et la technologie de l'information et de communication : Localiser le futur ? " 27th Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC), Berlin, Germany. (Also organized a session of several presentations in French on African languages and Unicode, of which this presentation was one.)

November 5, 2004. "African Languages and ICT: Key Elements for the Future." 4th Annual Conference on African Languages, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Salisbury, Maryland, US [in absentia; presented by Prof. Martha O'Kennon]

April 27, 2004. "Reframing Endogenous Development?: Perspectives on Sustainable Livelihood Goals and Approaches in Rural Africa and Opportunities for Land-Grant University Involvement." Guest lecture, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, US

April 3, 2004. "African Languages and ICT: Literacy, Access, and the Future." 35th Annual Conference of African Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

October 19, 2003. "Soybeans and Soybean Products in West Africa: Adoption by Farmers and Adaptation to Foodways." 8th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

January 10, 2003. "Development on the Desert's Edge: Just What are We Talking About in a Place Like Niger?" Guest lecture, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

March 21, 1997. "Ultimate Development Participation: Institutionalizing Indigenous Language Use in Education and Research." 23rd Annual Third World Conference, Chicago, Illinois, US

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