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Nancy Upper: Understand the Ampersand—Secret Power at Your Command

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Nancy Upper will open your eyes to the ampersand’s seductive appeal and hidden depths. You will learn about ampersand case, variants, gender, triads, and the human needs that drive us to care about ampersands. You will see ampersands from around the world and from diverse fields including business, food and beverage, fashion, literature, music, nature, science, sports, and travel.

The lucky winner of the drawing at the end of Upper’s talk will take home an ampersand prize.

In 2010, Upper launched international research and interviews for her forthcoming book, Power of Ampersand — the first book to reveal the full story of the ampersand’s history, typography, and worldwide uses.

Upper’s fascination with the symbol began in her early job of Sales Support Representative for Adobe. Later, she managed events and wrote program notes for Boston Ballet, wrote the book Ballet Dancers in Career Transition: Sixteen Success Stories (McFarland, 2004), and wrote corporate communications for MIT.

In 2010, an art project returned her to the Adobe ampersands that had stayed vivid in her memory. Power of Ampersand’s chapter one tells this art story.

These ampersands inspired her Power of Ampersand book and, in 2016, her Uppersand™ enterprise. Uppersand™’s business plan calls for an ampersand book series, podcasts, products, events, films, and an international ampersand exhibition.

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Photo credit: Alyson Kuhn 2013


March 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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