2012-01-06 / News

Language historian to give free lecture

The Times Record

BRUNSWICK — Kerry Hardy, an eco-historian, linguist, author and activist, will speak about “ Notes on a Lost Flute” Wednesday evening as part of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s Winter Speaker Series.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bowdoin College Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St., following a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and a business meting at 6:30 p.m. All are open to the public.

“Hardy studies the human ecology of pre-Contact Native Americans, primarily by analyzing the words they used to describe the world around them,” a release from FOMB states. “As he says, ‘The oldest words, in any language, are like little time capsules packed full of ancient thoughts. If you can crack an old word open and let those thoughts out, you start to see what the land and its people were like long ago, and history starts to really come alive for you.’”

Hardy, of Rockland, wrote “ Notes on a Lost Flute” in 2009, and was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Common Ground Fair.

After Wednesday’s program, the next presentation in the Winter Speaker Series is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Curtis Memorial Library. Wildlife biologist Steve Pelletier will speak about “Birds, Bats & Blades- Wind Turbines and Wildlife,” and focus on new research dealing with aerial migrations in Maine’s offshore environment.

For more information, call 666- 3372 or email edfomb@comcast.net.

A full speaker schedule and speaker biographies are available at www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org.


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