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FYI: 2008-2009 Marian M. Jenkins Memorial Speaker Series


Author: Jill Robbins

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF LANGUAGE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:

THE 2008-2009 MARIAN M. JENKINS MEMORIAL SPEAKER SERIES AT THE NATIONAL
MUSEUM OF LANGUAGE.

EACH PRESENTATION FEATURES A TOPIC RELATED TO OUR CURRENT EXHIBIT AS
DISCUSSED BY AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD. AS OF NOW, THE FOLLOWING LECTURES ARE
SCHEDULED. WATCH FOR UPDATES AND MORE DETAILS ON UPCOMING LECTURES. OCTOBER
12 (SUNDAY) 2 - 4 PM

TOPIC: WORLD ENGLISHES

SPEAKER: REBECCA OXFORD, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

DISCOVER THE VAST VARIETY OF ENGLISHES; HOW ENGLISH HAS SPREAD AROUND THE
WORLD AND HOW WORLD ENGLISHES CAN BE A TWO-EDGED SWORD, OFFERING GIFTS AND
DANGERS. HOW DO POWER, OPPRESSION, IMPERIALISM, AND RESISTANCE LINK TO
WORLD ENGLISHES?

REBECCA OXFORD IS A WELL-KNOWN SPEAKER IN THE U.S. AND HAS PRESENTED
KEYNOTE TALKS ON ALMOST ALL CONTINENTS. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OR EDITOR OF
NUMEROUS BOOKS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES ANDMOTIVATION. SHE HAS BEEN
THE DIRECTOR OF ESL TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
ALABAMA AND AT TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, AND IS NOW THE HEAD
OF TESOL AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
OXFORD HAS RECEIVED VARIOUS HONORS IN RECOGNITION OF HER WORK, INCLUDING
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR-TEACHER AWARD FOR 2006-07.

NOVEMBER 8 (SATURDAY) 2 - 4 PM

TOPIC: LOST IN TRANSLATION: COLLABORATIVE TRANSLATION OF CHINESE POETRY

LIANG HUICHUN & STEVEN SCHROEDER, SHENZHEN UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF
CHICAGO

LANGUAGE FOCUS: CHINESE

A GUIDED TOUR OF TWO TRANSLATION PROJECTS ON WHICH THE SPEAKERS HAVE
COLLABORATED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS: TRANSLATION OF LI NAN'S SMALL AND
TRANSLATION OF POEMS INCLUDED IN TWO SOUTHWESTS, AN ANTHOLOGY OF 27 POETS
FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AND SOUTHWEST CHINA. LIANG AND
SCHROEDER DEMONSTRATE HOW COLLABORATIVE TRANSLATION BECOMES A CONVERSATION
OUT OF WHICH A NEW WORK EMERGES. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE TRANSLATION,
INSCRIBED IN WRITTEN FORM, WILL ALWAYS BE A NEW CREATIVE WORK. LIANG AND
SCHROEDER EXPERIMENT WITH TREATING THE POEM AS MUSIC BY READING
SIMULTANEOUSLY IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, RESULTING IN AN EXPERIENCE OF
MUSICAL IMPROVISATION, HELPING AUDIENCES UNDERSTAND WHAT A POEM IS ABOUT,
AND WHAT WE ARE ABOUT WHEN WE ARE MAKING POETRY.

FEBRUARY 22 (SUNDAY) 2 - 4 PM

TOPIC: PERSIAN POETRY AND CALLIGRAPHY

AHMAD KARIMI-HAKKAK, DIRECTOR OF THE ROSHAN CULTURAL HERITAGE =20
INSTITUTE OF PERSIAN STUDIES.

PERSIAN POETRY, WHICH HAS DEVELOPED OVER 1400 YEARS, IS BELOVED AND KNOWN
BY MODERN READERS FOR THE INFLUENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF POETS LIKE SA'DI,
HAFIZ, RUMI AND OMAR KHAYYAM. THE PERSIAN LANGUAGE, WHICH USES THE ARABIC
WRITING SYSTEM, HAS SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL ASIAFROM ITS ROOTS IN IRAN. THE
BEAUTY OF THE FORM OF THE LANGUAGE AS WELL AS THE CONTENT WILL BE
DEMONSTRATED BY EXAMPLES OF PERSIAN CALLIGRAPHY. DETAILS WILL BE GIVEN OF
CURRENT AND FUTURE EFFORTS OF THE ROSHAN CULTURAL HERITAGE INSTITUTE OF
PERSIAN STUDIES TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING OF PERSIAN AND IRANIAN LANGUAGE
AND CULTURE.

FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL (301) 864-7071 OR E-MAIL
EVENTS@LANGUAGEMUSEUM.ORG BY OCTOBER 10. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND PHONE
NUMBER.

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. AMPLE FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF LANGUAGE

7100 BALTIMORE AVENUE - SUITE 202

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND 20740.

DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT HTTP://LANGUAGEMUSEUM.ORG/DIRECTIONS.HTML

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ADMISSION IS FREE. RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED BECAUSE OF
LIMITED SEATING.

FOR FUTURE RELATED EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT:
HTTP://WWW.LANGUAGEMUSEUM.ORG/CALENDAR.HTM

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