The Québec Government Office in New York recently organized a panel on comparative language policies in partnership with the representations of Flanders, the Spanish Basque Country, Catalonia, and Wales. The theme was “Why do language policies matter?”.
Were present the following panelists: Xavier Zabaltza (Government of the Basque Country), Maite Puigdevall Serralvo (Free University of Catalonia), Robert Lane Greene (The Economist), Matthias E. Storme (University of Leuven, Flanders), Guy Dumas (Quebec) and Erin Boon (Harvard University).
Moderated by journalist Robert Lane Greene of The Economist, the activity brought together over 150 people.
Panellists included Matilde Roman, the Deputy Commissioner for Immigration of New York City, and Guy Dumas, former senior public servant at the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine and language policy specialist. Mr. Dumas presented an overview of Québec’s experience in defending the French language.
The representatives of federated states present in New York City debated the following topics: