Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Here’s an unusual story about something I’ve never heard of – speakers of an artificial language called Esperanto, invented in the late 19th century by a Polish man named Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof living under the Russian Empire, who believed a universal means of communicating could be the key to world peace, are still using the language today to travel the world and experience other cultures. Perhaps Mr. Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof was on to something. The estimated 100,000 to 2 million speakers of this invented language talk about the “feeling of joining a larger community” sharing a “common ground and identity, even with strangers.”
A bit of a tangent but after reading through some other posts this week, this “language” for peace got me thinking about the collective “language” of the art world and the art of language. These are my musings for today.