Preserving the World’s Languages and Cultures (through character encoding)

Thursday, February 15, 2018  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Lydia H. Liu and Anupama Rao

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society presents

A Public Lectures Series in Global Language Justice

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

Preserving the World’s Languages and Cultures (through character encoding)

Deborah W. Anderson, UC Berkeley

This talk will discuss the preservation of the world’s languages and cultures from the perspective of written text, focusing on work currently underway to make the modern and historic texts accessible in the digital world via the Unicode Standard.  What is the process to make languages available on mobile devices and computers, and how many scripts used to write languages are “missing”?  Why is this important, and how does emoji play into the work? The presentation will include examples of successes and challenges. It will conclude with a brief question and answer period.

Open to the public. First-come, first-seated.

Followed by a Columbia University faculty and graduate student seminar

on Making the world’s scripts accessible: The Script Encoding Initiative in 2018 and beyond

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:00pm-5:00pm, Common Room, Heyman Center.


  • Speaker

    Debbie Anderson

    Researcher in the Department of Linguistics

    Berkeley University


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