Title:  Our Linguistics Community: Addressing Bias, Power Dynamics, Harassment

A special session will be held at the LSA 2018 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City addressing topics of bias, power dynamics, and harassment. The session will take place on Saturday, January 6 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM in Imperial Ballroom A.


  • Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
  • Sharon Inkelas (University of California, Berkeley)


  • Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (The Ohio State University)
  • Anne Charity Hudley (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
  • Itamar Francez (University of Chicago)
  • Sharon Inkelas (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Kristen Syrett (Rutgers University)
  • Gregory Ward (Northwestern University)


Opening remarks by Sharon Inkelas and Penny Eckert will address the importance of our role as department members, conference goers, and Institute participants in upholding important principles of community.

A panel (Campbell-Kibler, Charity Hudley, Francez, Syrett, and Ward) will discuss issues such as Implicit bias; power dynamics; bullying vs. authentic criticism; and how to be an upstander (vs. silent bystander).

The special session will conclude with moderated discussion around scenarios informed by advance submission by audience members.