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‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13

David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer.

David J. Peterson

David J. Peterson

Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Peterson will discuss his personal linguistic history, his job as the world’s first full-time language creator and his passion for learning languages.

Following the talk, Peterson will sign copies of his most recent book, The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building. The book signing will be held at Nite Class in DSU.

In addition to his work on Game of Thrones, he has created languages for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, NBC’s Emerald City and the CW’s The 100.

This event is hosted by the WKU Department of Modern Languages and is co-sponsored by Potter College of Arts & Letters, the WKU Popular Culture Studies program and the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Barnes and Noble will make books available for the book signing; a portion of the proceeds will be donated for student scholarships in the Department of Modern Languages.

About the lecture series: The annual Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series is made possible through a gift by Dr. Graham Hatcher in honor of his parents, Dr. Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher. Dr. Paul G. Hatcher, Professor of Spanish, taught at WKU for 27 years, and served as head of the Department of Modern Languages from 1959 to 1965.  He was the first Dean of Potter College and also the first Director of International Programs at WKU. The Department of Modern Languages is very grateful for this gift.

For information on this event or on programs in World Languages, contact the Department of Modern Languages at (270) 745-2401 or visit http://www.wku.edu/modernlanguages/.

Contact: Modern Languages, (270) 745-2401

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