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Reviews |  Woke Words with John McWhorter, a Times Virtual Event

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In any conversation about race in America, or in any public debate, words matter. How to describe what is happening? How do we articulate what we think is right? What words do we avoid using and why?

In his Times subscriber newsletter, linguist and writer John McWhorter explores some of these questions. In his recent newsletters, he looked at how the word “wake up” has become an insult and why our increasingly messy way of speaking is not so bad. He also considered the importance of words in music, as evidenced by efforts to revive an opera about black characters written by white men.

Join John for an evening where he explores the evolving role of words in these aspects of our lives.

He will look at words that have changed in meaning during your life.

Next, he’ll talk with Jane Coaston, host of “The Argument” podcast, about how we can get an honest foundation to successfully engage in the conversation about the breed.

Finally, we will offer you an original interpretation of the musical work “Blues Opera”, which can be performed on stage. The opera is based on a play written by American poets Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.

This is all part of The Times’ virtual events series for subscribers only. We hope you will join us.

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