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  • Sold Out: Talking Black in America

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Add to Calendar 02/04/2020 6:00 PM 02/04/2020 8:30 PM America/New_York Sold Out: Talking Black in America

    6 p.m. | Film Screening
    7 p.m. | Q&A with Associate Producer Dr. Tracey L. Weldon
    7:30 p.m. | Reception 

    Free and open to the public | Space is limited, reservations are encouraged

    Talking Black in America is a documentary produced by the Language & Life Project at North Carolina State University.

    The Language & Life Project (LLP) was established in 1993 by sociolinguist Dr. Walt Wolfram, with the goal of cultivating research, education and outreach programs related to language and culture in the American South. Since its inception, the LLP has conducted over 1,500 sociolinguistic interviews, produced 13 documentaries, and distributed a host of other outreach materials, including CD collections, trade books, museum exhibits, and dialect awareness curricula designed to educate the general public about the rich linguistic fabric of the U.S.

    Talking Black in America represents the latest installment in its documentary series. Filmed in a variety of rural and urban locations throughout the United States and the African Diaspora, this film showcases the history and symbolic role of Black language varieties and highlights their tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States and the world.

    With the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, it also addresses the persistent misinformation about Black speech and sheds a light on patterns of linguistic discrimination that continue to affect speakers of Black varieties in this country.

    Talking Black in America was produced and directed by Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan. The executive producer is Dr. Walt Wolfram.


    Dr. Tracey L. Weldon is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina, where she currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity, Interdisciplinary Programs, and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Weldon is a sociolinguist, specializing in varieties of American English, with a particular focus on African American English and Gullah. Her current book project, under contract with Cambridge University Press, examines the use of African American English by middle class speakers. Weldon is an Associate Producer of “Talking Black in America,” which was produced by the North Carolina Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University.

     

    The Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830

    6 p.m. | Film Screening
    7 p.m. | Q&A with Associate Producer Dr. Tracey L. Weldon
    7:30 p.m. | Reception 

    Free and open to the public | Space is limited, reservations are encouraged

    Talking Black in America is a documentary produced by the Language & Life Project at North Carolina State University.

    The Language & Life Project (LLP) was established in 1993 by sociolinguist Dr. Walt Wolfram, with the goal of cultivating research, education and outreach programs related to language and culture in the American South. Since its inception, the LLP has conducted over 1,500 sociolinguistic interviews, produced 13 documentaries, and distributed a host of other outreach materials, including CD collections, trade books, museum exhibits, and dialect awareness curricula designed to educate the general public about the rich linguistic fabric of the U.S.

    Talking Black in America represents the latest installment in its documentary series. Filmed in a variety of rural and urban locations throughout the United States and the African Diaspora, this film showcases the history and symbolic role of Black language varieties and highlights their tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States and the world.

    With the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, it also addresses the persistent misinformation about Black speech and sheds a light on patterns of linguistic discrimination that continue to affect speakers of Black varieties in this country.

    Talking Black in America was produced and directed by Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan. The executive producer is Dr. Walt Wolfram.


    Dr. Tracey L. Weldon is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina, where she currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity, Interdisciplinary Programs, and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Weldon is a sociolinguist, specializing in varieties of American English, with a particular focus on African American English and Gullah. Her current book project, under contract with Cambridge University Press, examines the use of African American English by middle class speakers. Weldon is an Associate Producer of “Talking Black in America,” which was produced by the North Carolina Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University.