February 15, 2018


Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities

6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Event Organizer

Lydia H. Liu and Anupama Rao

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of the Executive Vice President and Dean

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

The slideshow from this presentation can be found here.

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.

 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
  (212) 854-4541
  (212) 854-3099