Translating the Future: A Conference and Conversation Series

Translationista is coming out of semi-retirement just long enough to announce the launch of Translating the Future: A Conference and Conversation Series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic World of Translation conference put on by PEN America (then the P.E.N. American Center).

In honor of the anniversary, a number of audio recordings of sessions from the 1970 conference have been placed online – can’t wait to start listening!

There’ll be a proper anniversary conference in September, which I’ll announce here, but meanwhile you can enjoy an entire slate of warm-up events (organized, like the conference, by Esther Allen and Allison Markin Powell), starting with this conversation series being live-streamed to a computer near you starting TODAY!

WEEK 1: Tue, May 12, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

From 1970 to 2020: Translation Transformations

David Bellos in conversation with Karen Emmerich (with snippets from the original audio archive of the World of Translation conference).

WEEK 2:  Tue, May 19th 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Activism & Advocacy in Translation

Madhu Kaza in conversation with Lina Mounzer.

WEEK 3: Tue, May 26th 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Global Ecopoetics: Poetry, Translation, Climate Change & Public Health

Forrest Gander in conversation with Raquel Salas Rivera.

WEEK 4: Tue, June 2nd  1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Translating for the Future: Children’s Literature in Translation

Lyn Miller-Lachmann and others.

You’ll find information on streaming the conversations on the conference website. See you there!


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