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Second-annual Grand River Forum includes lecture and Artists Speak! Arts Opening

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Oct 31/11| For Immediate Release


Ian MacRae, Coordinator
Grand River Book Forum, Laurier Brantford
519-756-8228 ext. 5868 or


Kevin Klein, External Relations Coordinator
Laurier Brantford
519-756-8228 ext. 5753 or

BRANTFORD – Daniel Everett, author of Don't Sleep There Are Snakes will be at Laurier  Brantford for the second-annual Grand River Forum. Everett will deliver a public lecture entitled "Language: The Cultural Tool" on Tuesday, November 1 at 4 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie Street.

The Grand River Forum brings together classes from across the Laurier Brantford campus to read a common text with the goal of fostering conversations between faculty and students both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, through a partnership with the Brantford Arts Block, students have taken part in an Artists Speak! series, preparing individual and collective artistic responses to the book.

The Artists Speak! Arts Collective Art Opening and Reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., at the Brantford Arts Block, 80 Dalhousie Street, Brantford.

“This is the second year of the Grand River Forum, and we are very pleased to have had such a positive response to the text," said Ian MacRae, coordinator of the forum and assistant professor, Contemporary Studies and Journalism. "The Artists Speak! project has been coming together, and we hope the campus and the community come and celebrate the work of the students."

Everett's book is an account of the author’s personal and professional work as an anthropologist, missionary, linguist, and father as he lived with the Pirahã, a people of Brazil’s Amazon basin. Part passionate memoir, part adventure story, and part scientific treatise, Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes is a riveting look into the nature of language, belief, and life itself.

Both the public lecture and the Artists Speak! Arts Opening are open to the public, and admission is free. Everett will also speak at the Carnegie Building on Wednesday, November 2 at 5 p.m. His second talk is titled “The Crucial Educational Fusion.”

For more information about Everett's book and the Grand River Forum, please contact Ian MacRae at or Celine Taillefer-Travers at


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