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Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? Disappearing Traditional Writing Systems and the Worldwide Loss of Cultural Identity


Time: Nov. 3, 2017, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Peter Graham Room, 114 Bird Library

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Tim Brookes (Champlain College)

Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, uses art to draw attention to imperiled languages and cultures, creating wood carvings that display the beautiful scripts of languages on the verge of extinction.  Brookes will address questions of how a culture’s writing system reflects a sense of value, legitimacy and belonging, why cultures around the world are losing their traditional scripts, and what else is being lost in the process.

An exhibit of works by Tim Brookes will be on display on the first floor of Bird Library from October 25, 2017 through November 3, 2017.

Additional Supporters:
The University Libraries
The College of Arts & Sciences
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
The Indigenous Values Initiative
The School of Education
Reading and Language Arts
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Lydia Wasylenko, Department for Research & Scholarship, University Libraries