New York / City Lore Gallery Space

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6:30 PM
56 East 1st Street, New York
Price: $10
Contact: (212) 529-1955
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Film Screening of PBS documentary, Language Matters, featuring the world’s endangered languages. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bob Holman and Daniel Kaufman, co-founders of the Endangered Language Alliance. For more information and to buy tickets, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1210901


Chicago / The Poetry Foundation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 PM
61 West Superior Street, Chicago
FREE
Contact: (312) 787-7070
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The event at The Poetry Foundation highlights excerpts from Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin, woven together with excerpts from the film. The event includes Bob Holman giving a command performance of the poem he wrote for the Welsh Poetry Slam featured in the film as well as performances by Chicago native Peter Cook, “the Allen Ginsberg of Signed Poetry” and Parsino Carlos Peynesta, native Zuni speaker and leader of Chicago’s Been Na Undennah (Song of the Wind) Drum Circle. Grubin and Holman lead a discussion highlighting the relevance and importance minority language speakers to the life of the city. In partnership with WTTW.
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Los Angeles / Hammer Museum

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
7:30 PM
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
FREE
Contact: (310) 443-7000
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This multimedia evening at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater highlights excerpts from Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin, woven together with performances by endangered language communities—including Welsh, Nahuatl, Hawaiian, Garifuna, and more—for an evening of multilingual poetry, film, and song. Director/producer David Grubin and poet/host Bob Holman lead a discussion about successful efforts to advance language preservation. In partnership with Hammer, The Welsh Government and PBS SoCaL.
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San Francisco / The Exploratorium

Saturday, January 24, 2015
2:00 PM
Pier 15, San Francisco
FREE
Contact: (415) 528-4444
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The event at the Exploratorium highlights excerpts from Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin, woven together with Welsh and Hawaiian language poets/musicians—highlighting two languages featured in the film—as well as Native American storytellers to perform in Mother tongues. Director/producer David Grubin and poet/host Bob Holman will lead a discussion with language activists and the audience about Bay area communities who are working to save their identities. In partnership with KQED.
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New York / National Museum of the American Indian

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6:00 PM
1 Bowling Green, New York
FREE
Contact: (212) 514-3700
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The one-hour event will highlight excerpts from Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin, woven together with live performances including a greeting in Lenape, New York’s first language; Hawaiian hula and and chant from Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima o Nuiokak; the colorful legacy of Yiddish; and the tongue-twisting poetry of the Welsh language. Bob and David will lead a short Q&A, followed by a public reception. In partnership with The Welsh Government, THIRTEEN, Poets House, and the Endangered Language Alliance.

Important: Use the NMAI staff entrance at street level on Bowling Green and closer to State St. which is adjacent to Battery Park. The staff entrance is to the right of the main staircase when facing the building. Please be aware that there is a short security screening process and you might be asked for picture ID.
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Washington DC / Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History / Baird Auditorium

Sunday, January 18, 2015
2:00 PM
Constitution Avenue at 10th Street, NW, Washington DC
FREE
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Filmed on location in Australia, Wales, and Hawaii, Language Matters with Bob Holman explores the lives of speakers of endangered languages and brings new appreciation to the unique role language–including our own—plays in shaping culture. The film connects with the work of the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Program, which recognizes that language communities and scholars have a mutual interest in documenting, revitalizing and sustaining languages and the knowledge embedded in them.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker David Grubin, the film’s host, Bob Holman, and members of the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices team. In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Program at the National Museum of Natural History.
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