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Catherine Brennan

Catherine is a fourth year student at Harvard studying Anthropology. She calls a small town outside of Boston home, but prefers time spent in big cities, warm places, and just about anywhere in Latin America. At school she has focused her studies on education and Latin America, spending a semester studying in Buenos Aires, as well as the immigrant experience in the United States. Having served as the previous Under-Secretary-General of Administration in both WorldMUN and Harvard Model United Nations, she is rivaled by none in her expertise of answering delegate emails, printing placards, and mail merges. She is currently the Director-General of WorldMUN and has previously directed at HMUN-India and HNMUN. In her free time, Catherine enjoys playing the flute and hiking, and she is an active member of the Harvard choir and the Harvard Tango Team. Catherine cannot wait for HNMUN-LA to combine three of her favorite things - MUN, Latin America, and pisco sours.

 

topic area: preservation of indigenous languages

With the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019 rapidly approaching, the world is increasingly aware of the need for the preservation of indigenous languages as a means to promote and protect the cultures and histories they hold and represent. The UN estimates it is possible up to 95 percent of the world's languages could be gone by 2100. This degradation of culture holds its roots in colonial history, with the forced erasure of the life, traditions, practices, religions, culture, and language of countless indigenous groups across the globe. The continued loss of these languages, and the rise of a small number of now "global" languages, only furthers this same pattern. Though some countries in Latin America have made strides towards increasing state support of the education of indigenous languages, it still represents just a small portion of linguistic diversity in the world. This committee will be tasked with asking why and if this cause is important, to what extent UNESCO should be involved, and what the role of the state should be.