The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for June:
This 2010 book takes an intriguing look at language and the effect it can have on its speakers. Deutscher is a linguist and writes with authority about how different languages can influence its speakers. He peppers his book with plenty of interesting facts about various languages, such as the dearth of words for the color blue in ancient languages and the arbitrariness of gendered words. This leads to interesting arguments and hypotheses that Deutscher details and explains. Written in a very accessible way, this book is not just for other linguists, but for everyone. Named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Library Journal Best Book of 2010, this book is full of fascinating points.
Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:
In this 1971 Australian film, two siblings find themselves alone in the Outback with little sustenance or knowledge of the area. Luckily, the brother and sister come upon an Aboriginal boy who helps them find food and water. He takes them along with him in the desert, and throughout their travels they find a way to communicate with each other despite not speaking the same language. While the siblings have an end goal of returning to town, the boy wants to remain in the Outback. Directed by Nicolas Roeg, this film premiered at Cannes Film Festival and is renowned for its various critical interpretations and vivid cinematography.
The DVD is in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:
Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.