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PJC Fall Lecture Series: Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics

SFS Program for Jewish Civilization

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Washington, DC

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This event is part of the PJC 2013 Fall Lecture series.

Due to the current situation in Washington DC, we have had to change the details of our first PJC lecture of the Fall semester which are connected to the federal government. This unfortunately has meant that our originally scheduled speaker, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, has had to cancel.

We are sorry for any inconvenience to those who were looking forward to hearing Mr. Forman speak. 

But we at the PJC aren’t letting a government shutdown shutdown our first event of the fall semester. We do hope you will still be able to join us for a PJC lecture on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:00pm in the Bioethics Research Library (same date, same time, same place) with Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics for a lecture titled, "Don't just sit there. Interrupt!": A Linguistic Analysis of New York Jewish Conversation.

Although Professor Deborah Tannen is best known for her work on women and men in conversation, her first book was about "conversational style."  In it, and in her forthcoming talk, she shows that the linguistic features that typify conversation among New York Jewish speakers -- features such as the mechanics of pacing and pausing, intonation contours, storytelling practices, and styles of humor -- have one effect (a positive one) when used with those who share that conversational style, and a different effect (a less positive one) when used with those whose conversational styles differ.  

Deborah Tannen has been a member of the linguistics department faculty at Georgetown since 1979.  She is one of six in the College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor.  In addition to her 15 academic books and over 100 scholarly articles, she has written seven books for general audiences.  The best known of these is You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages.  Her most recent books, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives and You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation were also New York Times best sellers.  Dr. Tannen is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and such TV shows as The Colbert ReportToday, Good Morning America20/20, and Oprah. She has written for most major magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, and The Harvard Business Review. Dr. Tannen has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University, and has just returned from a sabbatical year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is a member of the PJC Executive Committee.

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Kennedy Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, First Floor
37th and O St. NW
Washington, DC 20057

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)


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