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Deliciously Disabled: Creating a Sexy, Accessible Dialogue to Describe Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability should be seen as sexy and fun, instead of sad and frustrating all the time. Being deliciously disabled doesn't mean that there aren't days where the experience of disability is altogether exhausting. Rather, it is a lexicon that accepts disability as is,

What's in a Name? A Tale of Prenatal Agony

Paul Ratner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

I doubt parents a hundred years ago had access to 100,000 names at their fingertips. You named kids after your parents, royals or religious heroes. But the sheer amount of currently available information makes any choice almost paralyzing.

What Exactly Do You Mean?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Loolwa Khazzoom

We frequently ascribe traits to someone (violent, intelligent, cheap, successful), on the basis of something irrelevant to the matter at hand, such as ethnicity, religion, sex, or nationality -- whichever we may take issue with, for reasons of our own ignorance or unprocessed baggage.

Is Basquiat's 'The Unknown Notebooks' Art?

Marlon Regis | Posted 04.02.2015 | Arts
Marlon Regis

Jean-Michel Basquiat passed at the tender age of 27 years young, yet his body of works isn't just someone's brilliant idea to fabricate the young artist's thoughtful 'scribbles' into some artistic sense of expression.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

Word Gap? How About Conversation Gap?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?

Jesus Died for Our Sins... What Does That Even Mean?

John Backman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
John Backman

We humans are a mixed bag. There is a lot of goodness in us. There is a lot of brokenness in us. It would be marvelous if we could have the goodness without the brokenness. Much of humanity has dreamed of this for many, many years.

Lost in Translation: Brits v. Americans -- Whose Language Is It, Anyway?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Often, people travel from the U.S. to England wrapped in a sense of comfort, thinking, "Well, they speak the same language, so I'll be able to get by just fine." Or will you?

How a Slight Tweak in Words Changes Your Entire Organization

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Organizations whose goals focus on inward may experience short-term wins. But organizations with a customer-focused purpose create long term results.

Monolingual Myopia

Clayton Lewis | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Clayton Lewis

Debates are sizzling about the efficacy of American education in preparing students for the global economy. Graduates face escalating competition as millions of recent job entrants hit the market from expanding middle-class economies such as India, China and Brazil.

Proofreaders, Are You Missing These Easy Fixes?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

You're perusing it, admiring your handiwork. Then you see it. Ack! A rudimentary, easily fixed error is there in the text. It's standard-size type, but to your eyes it's in 54-point Bodoni Bold. And somehow, it's underlined. Blinking, too. Maybe even chuckling softly.

The Body of Michael Brown--A Response to Kenneth Goldsmith

Illya Szilak | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Goldsmith's writing and performance of "The Body of Michael Brown" is problematic, not because he does not have the "right" to use the text, but because his use of it is fundamentally false.

Why Learning a Foreign Language Requires Complete Immersion

Allison Underhill | Posted 03.11.2015 | Travel
Allison Underhill

If you're anything like me (and the millions of other students who have suffered through our public school system), you know that the teaching styles implemented in schools don't really capture the true essence of foreign language.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 03.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

The Best Way to Learn Spanish

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 03.04.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for seven. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.

Make Language Learning a National Priority

Jane Swift | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Jane Swift

New technologies and resourceful school districts will only get us so far. We need policymakers to prioritize language education so that America's students -- and our entire economy -- can reach their full potential.

Academe's Evolving Vocabulary

Gary A. Olson | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

The lingo we use in academe today does not necessarily have to replace other terms in order to signal a shift in values and priorities. The jargon that circulates now in our discussions reveals much about our values.

The Blessing of Heritage Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

I'm a Fitzgerald, freckles and all, but one piece missing is the mother language that must have been spoken in Ireland by earlier generations of relatives on my father's side.

Are Humans Unique?

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science
Nigel Barber

The argument for human uniqueness is of mostly historical interest. As we gained more understanding of animal behavior, we learned that their psychology has more in common with us than had been imagined previously.

Be Mine: 6 Valentine's Day Gifts That Are Worth Committing Too

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Style
Zoey Gulmi

Need the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Welcome to the club. Truth be told, shopping for your significant other can be a daunting task for even the most capable of gift givers.

11 Things Christians Need to Stop Saying to LGBT People (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

In the interest of building a bridge of respect, compassion and even solidarity, here are a few common messages Christians need to rethink when they're talking about the LGBT community.

Q&A With I Am Not A Slut Author Leora Tanenbaum

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

We caught up with Leora Tanenbaum to talk about why slut is so damaging, what social media is doing to aggravate the situation, and how the label can affect important reproductive health decisions.

Languages Are Mostly Made Of Happy Words

The Atlantic | Julie Beck | Posted 02.12.2015 | World

In the time of Twitter and Internet comments, it’s not hard to find language being used for evil. People take the remarkable human capacity for comm...

Admit You're Dumb: Five Things I Learned From Columbia University

Ryan McMunn | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Ryan McMunn

No matter how smart you think you are, in order to be successful admit you're dumb and learn from others.

8 Things I Never Said When I Was 5

Nicki Gilbert | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Nicki Gilbert

When I was 5, it was a different decade, a different era, even a different world. I hear these new-sounding words out of the mouth of my babe, and I appreciate just how far we've come from rotary dialing and meatloaf for dinner.