With artist and author, Tim Brookes**, Director of Professional Writing at Champlain College
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that the 6,000-7,000 languages of the world are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered—no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.
The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of fourteen carvings and a book, is the first-ever attempt to bring attention to this issue. The text is the same for each, namely, Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
All are invited to attend.
Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Anthropology Student Group.
For more information about the display, see The Endangered Alphabets Project (http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/)
**Tim Brookes has this to say about himself: