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Muhammad Ali Meets Shakespeare: How to Invent Language

Constance Hale, longtime UC Berkeley Extension instructor of 'The English Verb, From the Swamp to Squidoo,' takes the audience on a romp through the evolution of language and the history of English, mixing in readings from great literature, unforgettable advertising, and memorable Tweets. From 'Beowulf' to Bob Marley, with some Walt Whitman, Walt Disney and Walter Mondale thrown in, she helps us understand how to choose our verbs and craft sentences, whether we are writing lofty or low. Along the way, she busts a few myths, shares some pointers, and leads us through some fun and funny challenges.