Sustaining the Humanities Through the Use of a Universal Language (SAMLA: 11/7-9, 2014, Atlanta)

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Myrna Santos/Nova Southeastern University
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There is no doubt that the Humanities need to be sustained. Oft times, it seems apparent that interest in language, history, the arts, music, and communication is slipping away. Mathematics
seems to be a universal language approved, accepted, and understood by all who utilize it. Why can't we do this with
articulated spoken and written language? Several years ago, a universal language called Esperanto was implemented to bridge this gap among cultures and communication. This language was devised to assist the sustenance of the humanities throughout a world that was ever becoming smaller and more integrated.
Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto ("Esperanto" translates as "one who hopes"). In Europe, East Asia, and South America the newly created language did better than in the United States, although Esperanto is currently the language of instruction of the International Academy of Sciences in San Marino. Is it possible for a Universal Language to be productively created?
One that will bridge the gap and increase an appreciation for the value of the humanities, one that will demonstrate to
the populace the importance of preserving the humanities is to our past and to our future? All related topics on this premise
are welcomed. By June 25, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract and A/V requirements to Myrna Santos, Nova Southeastern University, at or