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The Biology of Symbols: Lecture by Robert Bringhurst

The Biology of Symbols: How Pictures Became Letters that Became Text and are Sometimes Becoming Pictures Again.

Renowned poet, typographer, translator, cultural historian, and linguist Robert Bringhurst will present an illustrated lecture addressing the development of letters, words and writing, and their relationship to language.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and informal book signing at the nearby Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in the Scales Fine Arts Center. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, linguist, and one of the world’s best known typographers. He is the author of some twenty books of poetry. Design schools and publishers around the world rely on his book The Elements of Typographic Style, which is now published in ten languages.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Visual Art, Arts & Entertainment, Lectures, Speakers, Special Events, Exhibit, Next Week at Wake


Art, Academics, English, Humanities, Hanes Art Gallery, Administrative, Humanities Institute, Academic Centers / Institutes, History

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Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, First-Year Students


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Marcus Keely

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Lance Henry

Lance Henry left a positive review 11/14/2013

This was perhaps the best lecture I have attended in three years at Wake Forest. Mr. Bringhurst is the expert in his field, the lecture he gave was written solely for the occasion of his visit to Wake Forest, and with a broad sweep of history and unparalleled attention to detail it embodied the essence of truly excellent humanistic inquiry.