Catchword co-founder Laurel Sutton to present “It’s a Wrap,” an exploration of fast food naming, March 13 in San Francisco

By Erin Milnes

February 27, 2019

Catchword’s very own Laurel Sutton will speak at the fifth meeting of Intellectual Semicircle, a group founded to connect the world of technology with the ethos of humanities and social science, in San Francisco on March 13th.  The evening’s theme is names:

“To name is to define, to create, to reinvent. Naming can be an act of denigration or liberation. Who has the power to name? Who has the right to rename? What do the names we chose reveal about ourselves? This meeting will explore the mystery of naming—examining the power of names to shape our desires, dreams, and even the world around us.”

As a linguist as well as professional namer, Laurel will provide insight into the names of fast food and how they reflect our culture.

The other featured speaker is Chef and Ohlone activist Vincent Medina (co-founder of Mak-‘amham & Cafe Ohlone), who will discuss the original indigenous names of the California landscape.

The event will be held at the historic Mechanics’ Institute in downtown San Francisco. There is no charge for entry, but please RSVP.

Don’t miss this wonderful conversation!

When: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: 4th Floor Meeting Room at the Mechanics Institute, 57 Post Street
What to Bring: Your intellect, curiosity, and maybe a bottle of wine.
There will be a post-meeting reception from 8:30-10pm next door at the Dada Bar (65 Post Street).


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