Exploring Arabic Letters by Michael Erdman
Saturday, 28th October 2017, 13:00 - 15:00
This event will be geared towards children and young adults. It will be tagged to the Shrapnel mini-exhibition and will allow participants to discover the Arabic script, explore the creation of letters in synthetic clay, and to learn how to write simple words and their names in Arabic, Persian and Kurdish. Michael Erdman will provide a brief explanation about the script, and then will work one-on-one with the participants to first learn how to write words in Arabic, and then how to fashion letters out of plasticine.
Michael Erdman was born and raised in Toronto. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters of Science in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Throughout his 20s, Michael traveled to over 60 countries while working as an economist and then as a Consular Officer for the Canadian Foreign Service. He lived and worked in Kuwait, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama, Saudi Arabia and Spain before coming to the United Kingdom in 2013 in order to pursue a Masters in Turkish Studies. He continued on with his educational pursuits by beginning the MPhil/PhD program in Near and Middle East Studies in 2014, and is currently awaiting examination of his doctoral thesis on the writing of history in Turkey and the Soviet Union in the 1920s. In the meantime, he works as the Curator of Turkish and Turkic Collections at the British Library. He spends much of his free time sculpting, drawing and painting, and otherwise seeking to infuse his love of languages into creative endeavours.