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Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written World

  • Latham Memorial Library 16 Library Lane Thetford, VT 05074 United States (map)

What does the age of digital convergence, Facebook, and globalization mean for the future of the written word? Writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes offers remarkable and thought-provoking perspective on this question by looking at a range of forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction. He displays a carving of a piece of text in each script, leading a discussion on how technology will help—and always has helped—define the nature of communication, and shows how the story of a culture can be seen in its writing, even if that writing is (as in these examples) beautiful, utterly unfamiliar, and disappearing.

This event will be held at the Latham Memorial Library in Thetford, Vermont.

Contact: Vermont Humanities Council

Earlier Event: February 9
Katherine Arden
Later Event: February 9
Charles Baxter