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Cultural Literacy

Insomnia, Hemingway's Mouth, and the Cultural Referent

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Joseph A. Domino

All this leads me to consider something I encounter when I try to engage my college students: I call it the problem of the cultural referent.

How Would You Redefine Study Abroad?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 08.14.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

The Real Nature of America's Child Migrant Crisis

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

If the Obama administration wants to assuage this migrant crisis, it should invest in strengthening and providing these children, and American children, with educational and cultural literacy programs. The U.S. cannot eliminate the violence, crime, and instability that exist in these countries.

Geo-Illiteracy

William E. White | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
William E. White

Even as the United States' international role grows, however, our knowledge of the world we live in lags behind. Since 1994, geographic literacy -- understanding of places and cultures of the world -- declined among American twelfth-graders.

Cultural DNA: Bringing Civic Infrastructure to Life

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Harold A. McDougall

It is community -- not the market, not government -- that is the crucible of culture, and culture is the root of problem-solving, of intelligence itself.

The Disappearing Ink of Our Cultural Literacy

Paul LaRosa | Posted 06.13.2012 | Home
Paul LaRosa

These days, some of the young -- though smart when it comes to the Internet and Twitter and Facebook -- are kind of clueless when it comes to cultural touchstones.

'Hey Nineteen': I Can Relate

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 04.27.2012 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

This morning's edition reminded me of the great Steely Dan tune "Hey Nineteen": "Hey Nineteen, that's 'Retha Franklin/She don't remember the queen of soul ...." Every cultural reference I made fell on uncomprehending ears.

Why Cultural Literacy Is Dying

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home
Marshall Fine

Critics are cultural historians of a sort, trying to tie the present to the past. Audiences, however, apparently don't give a rip. Or, at least, the audience that seem to matter most now, people in their 30s or younger.

The Responsibilities of Citizenship: A Bundle of Literacies

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlie Firestone

Literacy today is not simply learning to read. There are additional literacies -- abilities to understand and operate -- in 21st century America.