ACMS Virtual Speaker Series with Tim Brookes – The Endangered Alphabets Project: Using Games for Cultural and Linguistic Preservation

When: Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:00 p.m. (ULAT)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:00 a.m. (EDT)

Where: via Zoom

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82184917241?pwd=T2dSalQ1ZlJBUGcrN3p6R1p5c1U3dz09

Meeting ID: 821 8491 7241

Passcode: 126312

Abstract:

The Endangered Alphabets Project, a non-profit based in Vermont, USA, is the only organization in the world dedicated to supporting indigenous and minority cultures worldwide whose writing systems are under threat. One of the strategies for protecting and promoting indigenous scripts is by creating games. This talk will discuss this strategy in general and focus on a board game for introducing the traditional Mongol bichig script in particular.

About the presenter:

Tim Brookes was born in England and educated at Oxford before he moved to the United States in 1980. An editor, guitarist, teacher, soccer coach and author of 17 books and numerous articles and essays, he founded the Endangered Alphabets Project in 2010 with his first exhibition of carvings in indigenous and minority scripts. Since then the Endangered Alphabets have been seen all over the world, and he has spoken about the cultural importance of writing at more than 150 colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and galleries including Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has worked with a wide range of cultures to create games and educational materials for teaching indigenous scripts, and he is the author of Endangered Alphabets, The Atlas of Endangered Alphabets, and Endangered Alphabets Word Search Puzzles. He lives on the shores of Lake Champlain.

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