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How I Became an Emoji Activist (And You Can, Too!)

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Emoji collage

Date: May 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost: $10

92% of all people online use emoji. Nearly 50% of Instagram posts contain emoji. The “face with tears of joy” emoji was the 2015 Oxford English Dictionary word-of-the-year. These tiny emotive characters are barely two decades old yet have impacted digital communication in a major way. From their inception to quicken text messaging and their evolution into a representation of life as we know it, emoji are a ubiquitous method of communication across the globe.

Jennifer 8. Lee is one of the founders of Emojination, a small group of activists whose motto is “Emoji for the people, by the people.” This global network works to make the emoji approval process an inclusive and representative process. She’ll be sharing her story about how her research on American Chinese food for The Fortune Cookie Chronicles turned into a passion for approval for the dumpling emoji and beyond. It will be a thought-provoking discussion on how this new digital linguistic media is shaping the world around us, as well as the minds of generations to come.

After the lecture, Jenny will be signing copies of her book in our Museum Store.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $10.00

To reserve your spot for this event please click here; email, or call 978-306-7003.

This is the third lecture in our Seven Lectures at Seven Gables Series. The 2019 exhibit, Pop! Goes The Gables explored how Hawthorne’s novel and our 1668 mansion have influenced pop culture over the centuries. The lecture series complements the many themes explored in that exhibit.


When Jenny learned there was no dumpling emoji from Yiying Lu, she felt like the system was broken. She joined the Unicode consortium and is now a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. She believes in giving voice to the people on issues of emoji. Jenny 8. Lee is a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee as well as the cofounder of the literary studio, Plympton, an author, and documentary producer.


May 28, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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