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Students and Educators are invited to

DataEthics4All’s PET4Youth Talk Series

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

In Collaboration with

University of North Texas

University of North Texas College_of_Information

Creating new Nonlinear STEM Pathways for Youth

an effort to support our

5 Million in 5 Years Pledge #5M5Y

Creating New Nonlinear STEM Pathways.

DataEthics4All is proud to announce that we’ve partnered with the University of North Texas for our upcoming PET4Youth Talk Series!

This Series is an effort to bring active open discussion on Policy, Ethics and Technology across generations and to create new nonlinear STEM Pathways for our Youth, a part of our 5 Million in 5 Years Pledge to support 5 Million economically disadvantaged students in the next 5 years with Free STEM Tutoring, Mentoring, Career Guidance, Career Technical Education and even Essay Reviews for College Applications, all at no cost.

The Talk.

My Life as a Linguist: A journey through linguistics in the career of a Smithsonian curator

How does a girl growing up in a monolingual Kansas community become a linguist and a Smithsonian curator in Washington, DC?

What do linguists do, anyway?

By following career choices I have made, we will take a look at the different questions linguists ask and jobs that they do.

How Linguistics connects with Natural Language Processing and AI.

Whether you like the life of the brain, exploring the world, or arguing for human rights with senators, the field of linguistics is there.

The Speakers.


Mary S. Linn is a linguist and Curator of Language and Cultural Vitality at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Her primary research is in effective grassroots strategies in language reclamation and cultural sustainability, especially in small and minoritized language communities. 

Her work focuses on Native North America (especially Oklahoma), Europe, and Tibetan areas of China.

She is the Director of the Language Vitality Initiative that focuses on collaborative language research networking, training communities in language and cultural documentation, and evaluating impact of grassroots language revitalization efforts.

Before joining the Smithsonian in 2014, she co-started the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair and the Oklahoma Breath of Life as founding curator of Native American Languages at the Sam Noble Museum, and before that she was assistant professor of linguists at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary received her PhD at the University of Kansas with a descriptive grammar of the Yuchi (Euchee) language in 2001.


Shobhana Lakshmi Chelliah is Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics and Associate Dean of Research and Advancement at the College of Information, University of North Texas.

Her research has four areas of focus on the documentation of the Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeast India.

She was a Program Director for the US National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages Program from 2012-2015 where she now serves as an NSF Intermittent Expert.

She has received major funding from the National Science Foundation and fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Council of Learned Societies.

She is a recipient of the Nehru-Fulbright Chair Fellowship for 2020-2021.

She is the founding director of the Computational Resource for South Asian Language Archive (CoRSAL) at the UNT Digital Library.

Her publications include A Grammar of Meithei (Mouton 1997) and The Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork (Springer 2011) as well as many additional articles on Tibeto-Burman language structure and methodologies for language description and documentation.

Event Details.

Date: Monday, August 23rd

Time: 2:00 pm Pacific


Reserve Your Tickets

to attend this exciting PET4Youth Talk

Our Mission.

The Mission of the DataEthics4All Initiative is to raise awareness about the ethical use of data; build the next generation of Tech Leaders with an Ethics-First Mindset; and tackle diversity in tech through a grassroots approach.

Our Programs and Events.

Oxford University Internship Office
Ethics4NextGen AI Summit + Bootcamp + Hackathon

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Photo Credit: Myaamia Center at Miami University of Ohio, Smithsonian Institution, National Science Foundation, Jack Martin, Nate Sims, and Mary Linn.



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