The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society presents

A Public Lectures Series in Global Language Justice

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

Preserving the World’s Languages and Cultures (through character encoding)

Deborah W. Anderson, UC Berkeley

This talk will discuss the preservation of the world’s languages and cultures from the perspective of written text, focusing on work currently underway to make the modern and historic texts accessible in the digital world via the Unicode Standard.  What is the process to make languages available on mobile devices and computers, and how many scripts used to write languages are “missing”?  Why is this important, and how does emoji play into the work? The presentation will include examples of successes and challenges. It will conclude with a brief question and answer period.

Open to the public. First-come, first-seated.

To be followed by a faculty and graduate student seminar on Friday, February 16.