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First Wednesdays

The People’s Tongue: Americans and the English Language

Digital Event
March 1, 2023: 7:00 pm

Longtime First Wednesdays favorite Ilan Stavans discusses his new book, an anthology that tells the story of how the English language has been transformed in the United States. The People’s Tongue features essays, letters, poems, songs, speeches, stories, jeremiads, manifestos, and decrees across history, from Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln to Henry Roth and Zora Neale Hurston and beyond.

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About Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His most recent books are How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish, Popol Vuh: A Retelling, and Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction.

Underwriter: Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund

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March 1, 2023
7:00 pm
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