Rackham Amphitheater

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Rackham Amphitheater
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1070, United States

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March 10, 2012

Public lecture on the issues that arise when translating a language and culture as distant from our own as is Javanese.


Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers.


Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance.  She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The troupe will perform the wayang on March 10. 2011, in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The play they have chosen is part of the famous Ramayana epic. Ms. Emerson will provide a lecture on the issues that arise when translating a language and culture as distant from our own as is Javanese, on March 10, 10:00 AM- noon, Rackham Amphitheater.


See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

Date: March 10, 2012 10:00 am
Cost: Free

March 29, 2012

The Weinberg Symposium is an annual interdisciplinary event that focuses on cognitive science and includes a philosophical angle. The topic of the 2012 Symposium is bilingualism, and the speakers are a philosopher, Gilbert Harman, and five specialists in various aspects of bilingualism. The five bilingualism experts cover different aspects of the field: code-switching (Auer), signed languages and the brain and bimodal bilingualism (Emmorey), neurocognitive limits of the child’s innate language-learning ability (Genesee), bilingual first-language acquisition and early-childhood second-language acquisition (Meisel), and bilingual learning, perception, and processing (Sebastian-Galles). The philosopher is Gilbert Harman (Princeton University), whose research interests include a well-developed interest in philosophy of cognition and of linguistics.

Date: March 29, 2012