The Last Speakers

  • Date
    October 12, 2010
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price NG Member: $16; General Public: $18

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Photo: David Harrison with Panau speakers
David Harrison with Panau speakers in Papua New Guinea

Photograph by Chris Rainier

By 2100, half of the 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many not yet recorded—may disappear. As head of National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project, Swarthmore linguistics professor K. David Harrison documents endangered languages and their associated culture, history, and environment. Harrison’s new National Geographic book The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages chronicles his expeditions around the world. Spend an evening with him as he shares the eloquent reflections of individuals who know they may indeed be the last people on Earth to speak their languages.

See our Fall 2010 events-at-a-glance for our National Geographic Live events in D.C.

Read a press release and see a video announcing the discovery of a previously unknown language in India by the Enduring Voices project.

Read an interview with K. David Harrison in the Washington Post Express.

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