From Homer to #hashtags: Our Changing Language

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Registration for this event will close on June 7, 2021 @ 7:00pm.

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Though always evolving, language is undergoing an unprecedented shift, thanks to the digital age. Emojis, tweets, and hashtags are transforming how we write and converse. Some might argue that language has been diminished, but just as Homer’s epic Odyssey made sense of ancient Greece, a tweet can distill a feeling, a thought, or an idea.

Poet Christine Hemp explores these new forms of communication, connecting them with the language of the past. How do changes in language affect the way we think and feel about our world, our history, and ourselves?

Christine Hemp is an author, poet, essayist and art critic. She received her BA in Humanities from Willamette University and an MA in English from Middlebury College. Hemp is the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature and teaches poetry and nonfiction at Hugo House in Seattle. A poem of hers has traveled over 1.5 billion miles on a NASA mission to monitor the birth of stars. Her newly released memoir, WILD RIDE HOME: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, takes place on the Olympic Peninsula.

This program is made possible by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau, which receives funding from the Secretary of State's Office.  For more information about Speakers Bureau, please visit https://www.humanities.org/program/speakers-bureau/.

This is an online event. To join you will need a computer, tablet or phone with a camera and microphone. The link to join the event will be emailed to registrants.  A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker and microphone, if necessary.

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