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The Alphabet Revolution: How A Humble Writing System Changed Everything Forever (4-Part Series)

April 23, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free


7:30 p.m. at the Wadhams Library

The Alphabet Revolution: How A Humble Writing System Changed Everything Forever.  A 4-Part Series of Illustrated Talks by Westport author Colin Wells, based on his current book project.

Mud season got you down? Looking to expand your horizons? Wadhams Free Library has the answer! Wednesdays in Wadhams: Mud Season Edition presents the first annual Muddy Fuddy Duddy Lectures.

Oral Culture and Early Writing Systems – April 9
In this introductory lecture on April 9th, you’ll learn about the discovery of “oral culture” in the early twentieth century, as well as how writing began and how it was used by ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Hebrews. And next week:

The Atomic Theory of Language – April 16
On April 16 enjoy “The Atomic Theory of Language”. This lecture explores how the ancient Greek invention of the alphabet emerged from links between ancient Greek and Phoenician traders in the eighth century BC. The Greeks adopted the Phoenicians’ consonantal writing but added vowels, which made it more precise and much easier to read.

Reading, Writing, and Thinking – April 23
In this lecture, we’ll look at some of the connections between writing and cognition. This lecture will argue that the alphabet opened the door to the spread of new ideas, thereby unleashing our intellectual potential.

Where Do We Go From Here? – April 30
The arrival of print in the 15th century boosted the alphabet’s effectiveness. We’re now living in the middle of the next transition, and there’s no way to know exactly what’s coming in the electronic age. But one thing’s for sure. The connection between writing and thinking shows no sign of being broken.


April 23, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wadhams Free Library
763 NYS Route 22
Wadhams, NY 12993 United States
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