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Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write - Lecture 3
“Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins”

Wednesday April 21, 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm EDT

The third lecture in this series is "Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins." This lecture focuses on two distinct but related writing traditions in Southeast Asia: those at centers of power and those at the margins. Looking at centers, the lecture examines religious manuscript production such as Indonesian texts. For the margins, the focus will be on Zomia—a geographically and culturally peripheral area corresponding to the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia—where writing and resistance to centralizing states will be among the themes discussed. The lecture will also cover the cultural, social, psychological, historical, geographical, and spiritual aspects of writing.

To register for this free event, please use this link: http://bit.ly/3uWDuMf. The event is scheduled to run from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT, including live Q&A after the lecture. Attendees will be able to enter the virtual meeting space from 11:45 a.m. EDT.

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“Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write: A Three-Part Lecture Series” is a co-sponsored event between librarians in The Library of Congress African & Middle Eastern Division, and Asian Division along with the Endangered Alphabets Project, a US-based non-profit organization that supports endangered, minority, and indigenous cultures by preserving their writing systems through original artwork and educational materials. The featured speaker in this lecture series is the project’s director Tim Brookes, while Library of Congress librarians will also speak briefly in each virtual lecture to introduce relevant materials in LC’s collections.

The Library of Congress: 

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

For additional information and other inquiries, please contact us via our Ask a Librarian service.

Please request ADA accommodations at least 5 days in advance at 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.


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