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The languages of East Asia

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Multipurpose Room, The Language House, St. Mary’s Hall
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
The Center for East Asian Studies presents:

"The languages of East Asia: what does it mean to be East Asian?"

A Lecture by Dr. Samuel Robert Ramsey, Professor and Department Head, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

For scholars of East Asia, the term describes more than a geographical area. Rather, “East Asia” is the shorthand phrase used to discuss one the world’s great civilizations. In a word, it is primarily a cultural term, not a geographical one, and in that sense East Asian Studies is not area studies at all. It comprises the history and deeper significance of human culture and institutions. And yet, geography, the lay of the land, is nevertheless an important topic for the East Asianist, because it has shaped the languages and cultures of East Asia to a remarkable degree. The talk will explore geography’s influence on the language and culture of today’s East Asia.

Dr. Ramsey will be introduced by Dr. Seung-Kyung Kim, Professor and Chair, Women’s Studies Department & Director, Center for East Asian Studies.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Cara Snyder at snyder3@umd.edu

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Maryland. For more information on this and other CEAS events, please visit our website at www.ceas.umd.edu/events/events.html