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The Indigenous Language Challenge

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

People are posting videos where they take on dramatic challenges and tag others to join in. It's an energetic effort to raise awareness ... to use Native American languages.

Human Gene Gives Mice Extraordinary Abilities

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science

It's a bit like the 1990s cartoon series "Pinky and the Brain," only the genius mice in this story aren't make-believe. An international team of r...

Autism: Early Intervention Makes A BIG Difference

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Recognizing more children with autism means more opportunity for intervention and a greater chance of a better future for these children.

Influence of Culture on Brain-Based Conditions

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

If we didn't have culture, we would be either dead or very seriously socially free. Humans are designed to live as cultural animals. Our brains ...

Disruptive Women: A Conversation With Susan O'Brien, Founder of Smigin

Maura Kelly | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women
Maura Kelly

Innovations and provocative ideas come and go. And some can truly disrupt the status quo. I'll talk with women building companies in a digital economy and forging a new entrepreneurial landscape.

Why I Write

Edie Weinstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When I comes right down to it, like many wordsmiths, I write simply because (as grammatically incorrect as it sounds) I "can't not write." What a lovely addiction by which I am plagued.

The Curmudgeon Listener Says: Enough With 'Like'

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The word "like" is a wicked weed that has killed the flowers of language in the speech and communication garden of life. "Like" is an infestation killing off meaning in every spoken human contact, and no spray or bomb of intelligence is strong enough to wipe it out.

Cheating the Chinese

Ryan McMunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Ryan McMunn

The idea that "they speak English, so I don't need to learn Mandarin" is a losing position. Learn Mandarin, as importantly learn the culture. If you do this, your business wins big.

Let's Put Some Muscle on Those Skinny Health Care Networks

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
LeeAnn Hall

The ACA is doing a tremendous amount of good, getting insurance to millions of people who otherwise would be uninsured, and lowering costs for many more -- but the use of these skinny networks threatens to undermine all the progress we've made if it's left unchecked. Here are some of the biggest problems that skinny networks can cause -- problems that are already affecting many patients.

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.

8 Tips For a Life In China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Ryan McMunn

Life abroad is one of the most difficult, exciting, exasperating, rewarding, and incredible experiences you can have. Here are some tips for living in China and getting the most from your experience there.

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

Why I'm Counting On My Cleavage To Land Me A Man

Marion Winik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
Marion Winik

My bosom, which played a solid supporting role in the long-running dramas of mating and motherhood, is in genteel retirement these days, appearing mainly as visual balance for the ever-swelling regions below my waist. Actually, my boobs, too, seem to be getting bigger and bigger, in inverse proportion to their practical usefulness.

I Needed a Pedicure in Italy

Paula H. Noe | Posted 08.07.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Italian nail 'salons' are different than the ones I am used to in the States, where walking in to a salon without an appointment is common and easy.

It's Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It: On Language and Class

Alyssa Lyons | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Lyons

My friends' and families' languages helped shape my identity and understanding of the world and are just as valuable as my academic discourse. But one language no longer commands power over the others. They are all intrinsically a part of me.

Conquering The Holy Grail Of Second Language Fluency

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Imagine that you progressed through upper-level Spanish in high school, studied 3 additional semesters of Spanish in college, and you are just back from a semester in Madrid. What next?

Confused By The Comma? Here's Your Guide

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.28.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

The comma is such a little mark, but it can prompt big confusion -- and heated debate -- about its use.

Poetic Justice: Young Poets and the Good Society

Todd Breyfogle | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Todd Breyfogle

What happens when a group of young men and women -- all award-winning high school poets -- come together to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival? They, more than most, are the young custodians of the language and the creative forces of its future. And the future is bright indeed.

'Explore Umbria' With Steve McCurry

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Perugia is about an hour's train ride away from Spoleto, and Steve McCurry's exhibit there is fabulous. He is a terrific photojournalist, probably best known for his powerful National Geographic cover shot of the beautiful 'Afghan Girl' with the piercing eyes.

And Italian Bathrooms...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I yearn for a bathroom that is perfect for me, and admit, sadly, that I haven't found it in Italy. The idea of a lovely, clean, spacious room for me t...

The Festival Is Over in Spoleto

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

It is quiet again here in Spoleto, and that feels so good. The Festival Dei 2Mondi (Festival of 2 Worlds) ended with a glorious Final Concert in the Duomo Piazza, complete with American show tunes from the 50s and 60s!

The Need For Common Language In a Society

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Gil Laroya

The question of why a society functions better when its native language is spoken is a very basic one, with obvious answers. So why then, do so many immigrants, many who have lived here for more than 5 years, not speak English?

War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleadi...

Spoleto Festival Dei 2Mondi

Paula H. Noe | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I love arts festivals, especially the opportunity to see so many new and interesting and challenging performances, and the Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi was really amazing.

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.)