Baytree Building, Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room View map Free Event
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Join us Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 12:00- 2:00 pm PT at Cervantes and Velazquez Conference Room @ UCSC Ethnic Resource Center, 3rd floor of the Baytree Bookstore for a discussion with UCSC Professor Joseph Erb. 

There are many challenges in creating work in Indigenous languages and using Indigenous orthography in new media. Joseph Erb’s talk will cover early versions of Cherokee writing systems and how that developed into new media today. He will cover some of the processes of getting Indigenous languages on computer systems and mobile devices and the challenges of using Indigenous languages in animations, films, and gaming.

Joseph Erb (Cherokee Nation) is a filmmaker, digital media artist working in 2D and 3D animation, as well as other media. He teaches courses in film, digital storytelling, and animation. He served as the Digital Media and Language Technology Specialist for the Cherokee Nation. He created the first computer-animated film and the first planetarium show in a Native American language. Mr. Erb has led major projects—working closely with technicians and executives at major tech companies to embed the Cherokee syllabary on digital devices and social media sites. He creates animated independent shorts in indigenous languages and documentary films; as he continues to advocate for indigenous languages and digital inclusion in new technologies. 

Seats and parking is limited!

We encourage guests to car-pool, ride bikes, or bus to the Ethnic Resource Center.

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