Join the Honors College as we welcome Dr. Richard Epstein, Associate Professor of Linguistics, for a conversation about “Language and Discrimination.” This talk will present a Linguistic perspective on questions such as: what is “proper English” and how did it get to be that way? Is it really ok to deny someone a job – that is, discriminate against them – because of their dialect? Is African-American English just slang? And what’s really wrong with double negatives, anyway? In brief, we will discuss how misconceptions regarding grammar and dialects lead us to make detrimental – and often incorrect – judgments concerning people’s character.
Wednesday, February 26
Free Period (11:20-12:20)
CS-110 (319 Cooper Street, 1st Floor Classroom)