Wednesday, October 27, 2021
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street
Disinformation in the Czech cyber space
Vaclav Cvrček, Charles University, Czech Republic
Chaos in the current world is increasingly induced by soft methods, including dissemination of “alternative” framing of events. The Czech Republic is one of the hotspots of such disinformation. Prof. Cvrček’s talk will demonstrate that use of words and concepts instead of bullets can only be objectively studied by means of large databases of texts (language corpora) and with the help of modern statistical and computational methods.
Language and identity in the Czech diaspora
Lida Cope, East Carolina University
Prof. Cope addresses language shift and loss in the Czech diaspora spanning Europe, Russia, and the Americas. Focusing on the relationship between language and identity, she then draws on the data from historically Czech Moravian communities in Texas to discuss the effects of asymmetrical bilingualism and language loss on the construction of identity, finally to offer some observations on the fast-paced disappearance of the world’s indigenous and minority languages threatening an irrecoverable loss to diversity in today’s globalizing world.
Professor Holly Case, Department of History
Professor Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Moderated by Masako Fidler, Department of Slavic Studies