Oct. 24 — Brown Bag talk, “Endangered Alphabets” with Tim Brookes

Contact: Paula Olsen, olsen@champlain.edu

Where and when: Morgan Room, Aiken Hall, 12:30 p.m.

“Who Is Killing The World’s Alphabets? And why should we save them?”

Guest speaker:  Tim Brookes, Program Director, Professional Writing

Champlain College Professor Tim Brookes‘s Endangered Alphabets Project is, among other things, an exhibition of carved and painted boards depicting the world’s disappearing alphabets. Join him for a discussion of this unique pursuit, which, now three years old, may very well be on the verge of saving a Bangladeshi alphabet!

From The Platform: The world has between 6,000 and 7,000 languages, as many as half of which will be extinct by the end of this century. An even more dramatic sign of the rate at which the world’s cultural diversity is shrinking involves the alphabets in which those languages are written…. Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that those 6,000-7,000 languages are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered: no longer taught in schools; no longer used for commerce or government; understood only by a few elders; restricted to a few monasteries; or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.

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Upcoming Brown Bag Lectures, Fall 2012:

Wednesday, November 14—Professor Laurel Bongiorno, Program Director, M.Ed., Division of Education & Human Studies

Wednesday, December 5—Associate Professor Lindsey Godwin, Division of Business

To volunteer for a brown bag talk, please contact Paula Olsen, olsen@champlain.edu

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