Thank you to Dr. Campi and everyone who joined us for the discussion “Contemporary Mongolia’s Utilization of Language and Script for Political Purposes” this past Saturday! To view slides from the presentation, simply click on an image.
Saturday, May 9, 3-5 pm. Free parking is available. Admission is free. Parking passes available onsite.
The Mongolian language and original Uighur script, developed at the time of Chinggis Khan in the 13th century, are not well-known outside of Mongolian Studies, but their use for political purposes by the Mongolian, Chinese, and Russian governments during the last two centuries is a fascinating and at times tragic story. Historical and cultural disputes resulted in alternative Tibetan-influenced (Phagspa and soyombo) and then Stalin-era (cyrillic) scripts which reflected a larger struggle over the national identity of the Mongol-speaking peoples. Dr. Campi will explain how such concerns continue today as independent Mongolia tries to connect with the globalized world.
Dr. Alicia Campi has been researching all aspects of Mongolian Studies, Northeast Asia, and Sino-U.S. relations for over 35 years. She has an A.B. from Smith College, a M.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. In her 14 year diplomatic career with the U.S. government, she was posted in Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, UN Mission in NYC, and Ulaanbaatar. In the mid-1980s in Tokyo she conducted preliminary negotiations leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mongolia. Presently, she is an adjunct professor at the Reischauer Center at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University teaching about Mongolia’s energy resources and integration into Northeast Asia and is a business consultant and writer for journals and on-line publications about the Sino-Mongolian region. Among her numerous publications is her book on The Impact of China and Russia on United States-Mongolian Political Relations in the Twentieth Century (2009).
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Former National Museum of Language Vice-President Jack D. Jones, 89, passed away on March 27, 2015. He died of a stroke in Asheville, NC where he had moved to from Bowie, MD, a few years ago.
Jack served in the US Army for over two years prior to joining the National Security Agency, where he served as a linguist. He retired in 1998, with 37 years of service. His dedication to language and service to the country will continue to inspire those who knew and loved him.
Thank you to everyone who made the March 14 lecture a resounding success! It was pretty much a full house, and we were thrilled to have local reporter Raye Weigel cover the event. We hope you’ll read “Creator of ‘Star Trek’s’ Klingon Language Talks Intricacy of the Tongue” for fascinating insights on what many consider the world’s most popular invented language. And check out our Facebook page for more photos!
An associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University, Dr. Wagner earned her doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She specializes in how children acquire language and learn about meaning, and has held academic positions at universities that include UMass-Amherst and Wellesley College.
Dr. Wagner’s research looks at various dimensions of meaning, including children’s understanding of temporal and event semantics, as well as their understanding of social indexical meanings coded in dialect and register.
Dr. Wagner lends a high degree of linguistics research expertise to the Museum’s governance. As the director of the Language Sciences Research Lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI), she helps to educate the public about research methods and the science of language.
Dr. Wagner joins the Museum’s passionate and diverse group of language professionals at a time of rapid growth. As we expand our virtual presence through new exhibits, articles, and partnerships, we are excited to welcome Dr. Wagner and look forward to a productive year in language exploration.
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