Langscape, a project of the Maryland Language Science Center, is a set of tools to explore language diversity. The centerpiece of the project is an interactive map that lets users click on any geographic location to see the languages spoken there. Selecting a language allows users to access a growing variety of resources for that language. There is also a tool for the identification of languages based on (usually transliterated) texts.
Looking for some fun? Play the Language Familiarization Game!
Because of the storm predicted for the Northeast, this lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 4:30 in Keller Hall.
Donald Trump’s now infamous remarks to Billy Bush about women were condemned by some but also swiftly rationalized and dismissed as “locker-room talk” by others. Given the subsequent election of Trump to the U.S. presidency, barely four weeks later, the rationalization of his remarks as merely vulgar was evidently persuasive to voters, including a majority of white women voters. But what is locker-room talk? And why was it so easy for so many to dismiss Trump’s statements about forcibly groping women?
Drawing from her research on the hyper-sexualized talk of Chicago’s financial traders, Professor Suzanne Menair (linguistic anthropology, Colby College) will discuss linguistic ideologies surrounding men’s talk, and how performances of masculinity, heterosexuality and transgression intersect with capitalist practice on Chicago’s trading floors. Far from being merely vulgar talk, these interactions do the semiotic work of naturalizing the cultural reality of American capitalism via hegemonic gender ideologies as they are employed in a particular project of white, male self-making that she calls “transgressive individualism.” She concludes with a discussion on the appeal of transgression and Donald Trump.
Title: Locker-room Talk and its Discontents: Vulgarity in the Market and Beyond
Speaker: Suzanne Menair, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Keller Hall
A new website, Localingual, is collecting language samples from around the world. David Ding, a former Microsoft engineer, hopes that this site will become the Wikipedia of languages. Not only can the site’s visitors hear the audio files others have created but they can also record their own contributions from a computer or an Android phone. More information on this project is available in a French article from Sciences et Avenir. Why not visit the site and contribute your own examples?
German filmmaker Wim Wenders is the topic of a conference on the Richmond campus February 24 and 25 organized by Professors Delers and Sulzer-Reichel of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and sponsored by the Tucker Boatwright Festival for the Arts and the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.
All are invited to attend the keynote address on Friday, February 24, at 2 p.m. in the INTC Commons. Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social sciences, University of New South Wales (Australia). will speak on “The Peace Project — Reflections on Art, Cinema and Perception.” The speaker recently co-authored Inventing Peace: A Dialogue on Perception with Wim Wenders.
On Saturday at 3 p.m. in the INTC Commons, there will be a virtual conversation with Wim Wenders.
Trump’s Ban On Travel and Resettlement:
Legal Issues, Responses, and Consequences for Refugees and Immigrants
Both President Trump’s executive order on travel and recent judicial responses to it have raised a number of legal, practical, and interpretive questions. UR Law School professors Jud Campbell and Chiara Giorgetti are joined by immigration law expert Mario Russell, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services for New York’s Catholic Charities, to discuss the order, its constitutional and international implications, and the mobilizing and response efforts that have been taking place. The panel will also take questions from students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Wednesday, February 22
4:30 p.m. INTC Commons
Presented by the University of Richmond School of Law and International Education.
On Thursday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. the SSIR “Travels for Discovery” presents The Top of Bravery: An evening with Bert Williams. Presented through the Quill Theatre, one of Richmond’s professional theater organizations, this play depicts the life of comedian and protagonist Bert Williams as he braves the racial barriers that were a part of the entertainment industry and the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Williams, who was native to the Bahamas, was forced to perform in blackface like the white actors of the time period. Despite the many adversities Williams faced as a black actor, he was still able to propel himself to stardom through his resiliency. The play is a mix of social commentary, stand-up comedy, and soliloquy. It also features a few musical numbers that illustrate Bert Williams as an international star and one of the most beloved entertainers of the Vaudeville Era.
What: The Top of Bravery: An evening with Bert Williams, a play written and performed by Jeremy Morris
When: Thursday, February 16, at 8 p.m.
Where: The Cousins Theatre (doors open at 7:45 p.m.)
Cost: None: Admission is free
There is a pre-performance reception with light refreshments at 7:15 in Keller Hall.
On Sunday, February 5, the Byrd Theatre will host a sneak preview of the American Indian Film Festival of Virginia. This event is the official announcement of this new festival, which will take place November 17 – 19, 2017. The sneak preview includes the announcement and the showing of two films, Smoke Signals and Older than America. The films will be presented by Chris Eyre, the director of Smoke Signals, and Georgina Lightning, the director and writer of Older than America.
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Place: Byrd Theatre
Cost: None. Admission is free.
For background on the Festival, read the Style Weekly post.
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