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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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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.

When Will Disability Slurs Become Taboo?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Jay Ruderman

As the civil rights movement has taught us, words hurt and they reinforce old prejudices. The time has come for our public officials to serve as shining examples of acceptance and tolerance. The time to end all slurs, against all groups, is now.

A Conversation About Conversations

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Tons of research suggests that we enjoy social interactions like conversing, dancing, partying and drinking with friends. Yet we spend our time alone on devices, loosely connected even when we are amidst our social kind.

Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Among those who were uninsured, 87 percent of the individuals surveyed spoke a language other than English. Not surprisingly then, being able to get information that was easy to understand and in a person's primary spoken language was one of the deciding factors in getting covered.

Finding Language for Femme Partners of Trans Men

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

Part of being a good partner to a trans person is being supportive of their gender expression, however that might take form: physically, emotionally, spiritually. But the truth is that partners go through their own transitions, too.

AAPCHO Members Continue Push to Enroll AA&NHOPIs During AAPI Enrollment Week

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Week of Action is underway and with the second ACA enrollment period...

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

Which Freedom of Speech Do You Believe In?

Richard Dare | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Richard Dare

One of the principal reasons atrocities like the Charlie Hebdo massacre continue to occur is because "freedom of speech" means entirely different things in different countries.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

Courtspeak: How Words Can Both Move and Confuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.28.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Good trial lawyers understand the power of word distinction -- particularly in communicating with a jury -- and recognize that the legal system is a living, breathing creature that is held together by language.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are an estimated half million people in the United States who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication. This year, let's work together to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds!

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.15.2015 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

A Chance Encounter Left Me Thinking...

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

I fear the anger that this little boy may develop -- for him, for the adults in his life, and for the community. In this holiday season, wouldn't it be amazing if we appreciated our children -- the very best gift of all?

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

Steve Leveen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology
Steve Leveen

I find myself on a quest to learn how bilingualism might become the norm in America rather than the exception. That is, how most Americans might speak English plus another language of their choice. It seems clear that technology will play a role in accomplishing that transformation.