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July 27, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Lindsay Ellis: Alien Languages

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hear the film and media critic and YouTube phenomenon on how sci-fi has portrayed alien languages.

Hear film critic, media critic, and YouTube phenomenon Lindsay Ellis talk about how science fiction has portrayed alien language through the decades.

Language is intricately tied to human thought, consciousness, and logic. In fact, linguists, philosophers, and scientists studying species capable of complex language have a sample size of only one: humans. But science fiction writers often imagine how non-human languages might evolve, work, and affect speakers’ consciousness. From “Star Trek” to “Arrival,” from “Ender’s Game” to “Embassytown,” Ellis will explore the relationships among narrative utility, worldbuilding, and different modes of storytelling about communication.

Lindsay Ellis is a writer and video essayist who creates super-smart, witty, and celebrated educational videos about media, narrative, and film theory. In addition to her own YouTube channel with nearly 700,000 subscribers, she co-writes and hosts the fiction-focused miniseries “It’s Lit!” for PBS Digital Studios. Her debut novel is slated for release in 2020. Ellis has been nominated for a 2019 Hugo Award for the documentary “The Hobbit Duology.”