The Museum is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Open First and Third Sundays, 1 - 4 pm.
Admission is FREE.
Sunday April 21, 2013 - 2-4 pm - Presented by Michael Erard, Ph.D.
(American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be offered.)
Sometimes it seems that learning another language -- and sometimes several languages -- is growing more visible, if not actually becoming more popular as a pursuit. In his book about hyperpolyglots, Babel No More, Dr. Erard explored the neuroscience behind language learning talent and language accumulation. In this talk, he explores the culture and politics that shapes the urge to change one's brain, one's self, and one's status in the world through learning foreign languages even when one isn't part of a local multilingual community.
Michael Erard is an author, linguist, and senior researcher at the FrameWorks Institute. His second book, Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners, was published in 2012, and is currently working on a third book about alphabet makers in the modern world. He is also a member of the Museum's Board of Trustees.