Unbound: Mother Tongues

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20

More than 100 languages are spoken in Anchorage. Gather for readings and discussion to explore the challenges and possibilities of translation and the role of language revitalization. Writers will share their work in conversation with local experts, scholars and educators. The museum’s Unbound series loosens words from the page through experimental literary events. Included with admission, which is half-price on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. for Polar Nights.


  Film by Ron Spatz of Shaawatke’é’s Birth, a poem by Emily Wall and Lance X’unei Lance Twitchell (performed in English and Tlingit)

  Junior Gisa, storyteller (reading in Samoan)

  Itzel Yager, author (reading in Spanish, English and Nahuatl)

  Edna MacLean, scholar of Inupiaq language, (reading in Inupiaq)

  Gabriel M. Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health, UAA Department of Health Sciences (reading in Filipino)

  Annie Zeng, Associate Professor of Chinese, Director of UAA Confucius Institute, Department of Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage (reading in Chinese)

  Moderator of post reading conversation: Kathryn Ohle, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Mai Xiong, reading in Hmong

Unbound: Mother Tongues