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Learn about history, uncertain future of handwriting at Hudson library Sept. 26

Published: September 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Anne Trubek will discuss her book, "The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting," on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

As handwriting is being overshadowed by typing, some schools are eschewing cursive lessons altogether - a curricular decision that is sometimes controversial. In this short history, Trubek describes the cultural impact of handwriting, from the advent of Sumerian clay tablets to current discussions about writing and typing. By describing the various innovations behind the written and printed word, Trubek argues that a decline in handwritten communication indicates the beginning of yet another phase in the evolution of communication.

Trubek, the founder and editor of Belt Magazine, holds a PhD in English from Temple University. She also writes articles for The New York Times, The Atlantic and Wired, among other publications. The Cleveland resident also teaches rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College.

Copies of "The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting" will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.


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