Conference poster The First North American Conference on the Kurdish Language was held on November 5 at James Collins Conference Hall (please see the post conference report), organized by the Kurdish American Education Society, and co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies. On behalf of the Kurdish American Education Society, I would like to thank all the sponsors, presenters, participants, and the media for their contribution to the success of this remarkable event. The conference gave the participants a unique opportunity to have access to some of the top experts in Kurdish studies and linguistics. You made it possible for us to have dynamic panels with experts covering a wide spectrum of topics such as language policy and planning, language and literature, language, music and identity, language and education, and language standardization. Thanks to your support , the first North American Conference on the Kurdish Language has become not only a powerful resource to envision a brighter future for Kurdish studies, in general, and Kurdish linguistics, in particular, but also to ensure that scholars in different fields would help us achieve this important vision.
We graciously thank sponsors of this event:

UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies
UCLA Center for World Languages
The Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture
Department of Linguistics, California State University, Long Beach
Department of Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach
California Teachers Association
Linguistics Student Association, Department of Linguistics, California State University, Long Beach
Ketab Publications, for publication and promotion of Iranian Books, Westwood. CA
Vision Marketing Communications, Long Beach California
RDI Engineering

Dr. Amir Sharifi,
President

Kurdish American Education Society