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The Lights, Camera, Language series hosted by the Language Diversity Ambassadors explores modern films and documentaries that take a close look at concepts related to language. This semester the series will hone in on the relationships between language and culture. Talking Black in America follows the unique story of one of the most misunderstood and marginalized dialects in the United States. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect a rich history reaching back to pre-colonial African languages and reflect the influence of Southern and British Englishes. Talking Black in America tells a human story of oppression, creativity and resilience.

Walt Wolfram, the documentary's executive producer and William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English, producers Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan and audio specialist Marissa Morgan will join us for a Q&A session.


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