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Looking Back on 2020

Published: January 21, 2021

As we begin a new year of the WorldView Blog, we take a look back at some of our 2020 posts. We highlight a handful that span the range of issues and events that provoked thoughts and promoted commentary in this past year. We also welcomed a new executive director, Mary Maus Kosir, to the organization and she joins our WorldView editorial board. Please consider contributing a post this year by contacting

Indigenous Anchorage is in the Middle of Everywhere,  11 February 2020. Brandon Locke, longtime staff member of Concordia Language Villages, discusses Alaska Native languages, their diversity and importance, and the Yup’ik Immersion program now in its second year in the Anchorage School District.

Think Globally, Read Locally, 9 March 2020. This week, former villager and Village staff member Chelsea Rosendale introduces us to Books For Africa (BFA), an organization that collects, sorts, ships and distributes books for students of all ages across the African continent. Now BFA also publishes books through BFA Publishing, producing materials for children to read in African languages and about their own cultures and experiences.

Home Sweet World: Camp Matters, 27 April 2020. The weather is warming up, the sun is shining longer, and for many of us, our thoughts are turning to that time-honored adventure: summer camp. But what does camp look like in the midst of a pandemic?


Speaking Without Fear, 21 July 2020. Dr. Frieda Ekotto, Lorna Goodison Colegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, explores the interplay of race and fear . . . how fear of the dark becomes fear of dark-skinned people, which then creates an environment where Black Americans must live in fear. For Frieda, a long-term staff member at Concordia Language Villages, the twice-annual International Day event provides a taste of what a world without these fears could be.

Meet Mary: Introducing Concordia Language Villages' New Executive Director, 22 October 2020. Meet the new Executive Director of Concordia Language Villages! Mary Maus Kosir discusses languages, globalization, and what’s ahead for CLV.

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