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

December 7
3:00 pm


Westview Meadows at Montpelier
Image of ancient writing on parchment

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.

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Nicole Dupont
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(802) 223-1068

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Westview Meadows at Montpelier
171 Westview Meadows Rd
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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www.westviewmeadows.com