Nov. 19, 2014
Poet Bob Holman Screens "Language Matters" at CWU Wednesday
Emmy Award winning producer and spoken-word poet Bob Holman is on a mission to protect and preserve the world's languages for future generations. His forthcoming documentary film, Language Matters, airing nationally on PBS in January, brings light to the issue of language endangerment and how language extinction affects global cultures.
"For me, poetry is the essence of language, and language is the essence of humanity," he said. "Half of the languages on the planet will disappear within the next 50 years unless we start listening to the mother tongues. Poets are the protectors of language. When a language dies, we lose a part of humanity. It affects everybody."
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