Hinckley Institute

11.15.23 Reframing the Conversation: Native Wisdom and Language in the Era of AI

Thursday, November 16, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hinckley Institute of Politics,
260 South Central Campus Drive,
Room 2018,
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
United States


Forum offered online and in the Hinckley Institute caucus room - Room 2018, Gardner Commons.

This edition of Reframing the Conversation (RTC) features a panel discussion on the various intersections that spring up between Native wisdom and language and the new technologies that involve artificial intelligence (AI). Some have pointed to the way Large Language Learning Models (LLLMs) used in artificial intelligence can be used to help Indigenous communities practice and learn Native languages, preventing those languages from falling into disuse. Programs like Babbel and Duolingo already use these technologies to help clients learn language where they otherwise might have little access. But others have raised concerns about the likelihood that profit-motivated businesses will exploit Native cultures yet again—monetizing languages and customs that colonialism has already put on the brink of extinction.

This RTC discussion will focus on the opportunities and threats posed to Native American and Indigenous Peoples by these new technologies. How can these technologies help preserve Native languages and traditions? And how does the historic under/misrepresentation of Native Peoples and other marginalized groups end up shaping the leading LLLM projects (like Chat-GPT) with limitations and bias? Please save the date and join us to learn more about how artificial intelligence programs affect Native American and Indigenous communities.

Reframing the Conversation is a monthly hybrid series. Attendees can join in person at the Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018) or virtually on the Reframing the Conversation webpage.

ASL interpretation will be provided and auto-captions will be available. All requests for event access support and other questions or concerns may be directed to edi-events@utah.ed



  • Elizabeth Callaway, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of English
    The University of Utah
  • Justin Carpenter
    Assistant Professor, Department of English
    The University of Utah
  • Dalaki J. Livingston, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Communication
    The University of Utah

Moderated by: 

  • TBA


Pizza will be distributed to attendees at the beginning of the event. Please plan to arrive at the venue promptly.


The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.