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Online Program

Online Lecture: Do African Talking Drums Really Talk?

Program No. 24541RJ
Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about the phenomenon of African Talking Drums.
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At a Glance

You’ve probably heard people say that Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton could make their guitars “sing” but have you heard a drum “talk?" With origins dating as far back as the 7th century, the talking drum is one of the oldest instruments in West Africa and is still used to communicate today. It has had many uses throughout history, including for ceremonial or entertainment purposes, to send coded messages and communicate over large distances and as a way to speak ones truth to oppressors while maintaining plausible deniability. Join Tunde Adegbola, Research Scientist and Executive Director of the African Languages Technology Initiative, as he demonstrates and explains the phenomenon of Speech Surrogacy, or "talking with drums."

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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