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In Praise of Babel — Arguments Against a Single World Language

Hosted by The Humanities Initiative at NYU and NYU Press

Friday, October 18, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY

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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

In Praise of Babel — Arguments Against a Single World Language

Featuring:

  • Camille de Tolédo (Writer / FR)
  • Esther Allen (Translator and writer / USA)
  • Robyn Creswell (Poetry Editor of The Paris Review and translator / USA)
  • Hosted by Jacques Lezra (Translator and writer / USA)

Can we consider linguistic diversity an opportunity? Highlighting the gaps and hesitations between words and pointing out the cultural cracks between languages can generate more reflection and cultural comprehension than embracing a unified global language like English. American and European writers and translators discuss why translating and listening to the many languages of the world not only benefits literature and culture but also is a political tool in a globalized world. 

Hosted and introduced by Jane Tylus (Professor of Italian and Director of the Humanities Initiative at NYU /US) and Emmanuelle Ertel (Professor of French and Director of the Master of Arts in Literary Translations at NYU /FR)

Co-Presenters

  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • NYU Humanities Initiative
  • NYU Comparative Literature Department
  • NYU Graduate Center for translation studies

 

Other Partners

  • Online magazine Words Without Borders
  • Online magazine The New Inquiry
  • The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

 

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NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

Friday, October 18, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)


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Hosted by The Humanities Initiative at NYU and NYU Press

Created in 2007, the Humanities Initiative at NYU (HI) draws on the diverse talents and interests of NYU’s humanities faculty and students while taking advantage of the university’s location in New York City. The Initiative is committed to bringing NYU’s humanists together as well as to exploring the role of the humanities in the larger university and global community.  Find out more at: http://humanitiesinitiative.org.

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