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Illustrated lectures | Westport Column

Congratulations to Westport resident Jennifer Moore, who recently received national recognition for her work as head of the music department at Willsboro Central School. Jen and her Willsboro colleague Derrick Hopkins, head of the school’s theatre department, were selected as the 2014 Section 1 recipients of the National High School Heart of the Arts Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations. There’s a cool front-page write up in last week’s paper, which is where I got this information.

Jen, by the way, is the proud mom of two Westport Central School superstars, Scarlett and Walter. Under the able tutelage of John Roemischer, Scarlett is already making a name for herself in the academic world for her contributions to scholarly publications. In addition to his own academic prowess, Walter is also known for his fencing skills.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for last weekend’s two fundraisers for the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund and the Wadhams Free Library. Attendance at both events was higher than ever. My only complaint is that because of them I missed out on the Westport Drama Club’s production of Rumpelstiltskin, which I understand was totally awesome. I’ve rarely heard such enthusiastic reviews from audience members, who were especially bowled over by Matthew Schrauf’s performance in the title role. People had a hard time telling me about it because they kept cracking up.

On that note, I’ve got a series of four “Wednesdays in Wadhams” illustrated lectures coming up in April at the Wadhams Free Library. The lectures are based on the book I’m currently working on, titled The Alphabet Revolution. They’re about how the ancient Greek invention of the alphabet changed the way people think, and they expand on the two lectures I gave last year and the year before. The first lecture, “Oral Culture and Early Writing Systems,” is on April 9, and will explore how pre-alphabetic writing systems work. The other three lectures are “The Atomic Theory of Language” on April 16, “Reading, Writing, and Thinking” on April 23, and “Where Do We Go From Here?” on April 30. All take place at the Wadhams Free Library at 7:30 p.m. and, as always, they are free and open to the public.

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