Words matter. It’s vital terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘calamity’ don’t become rhetorical devices devoid of real content as we argue about what climate action to take.
A family poses in front of their sod house in Custer County, Neb., in 1887.
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The ways Americans talk about firearms is full of contradictions, two communication scholars explain – and that powerfully shapes the country’s approach to gun policy.
A student listens to a U.S. history lesson in a New Mexico classroom.
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From the founding of the U.S., public schools were seen as a key way to develop an informed, active citizenry. Social studies educators struggle to achieve that goal today.
Research reveals links between the irritability, explosive rage and unstable moods that have grown more common in recent years, and a lack of micronutrients that are important for brain function.
Ultra-processed foods high in sugar, fat and empty carbs are bad for the mind as well as the body. Lack of micronutrients affects brain function and influences mood and mental health symptoms.
Deeply divisive issues like Brexit are seeping into the way people interact with one another, undermining trust and tolerance of others.
President Clinton poses with Monica Lewinsky in a Nov. 17, 1995 photo.
While sexual harassment is still all too common, at least we’re having more open conversations about it, and victims are speaking up on their own terms.
Trolling is no longer confined to the darker corners of the internet, especially now the U.S. president himself is engaging in it.
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We’re living in an alternate political universe of brazen lies and grotesque online spectacles of incivility. Who - or what - is to blame for trolling going mainstream?
What exactly is outrage?
When outrage is misplaced or excessive, it can have negative consequences for a healthy public discourse.
A time to join with close ones and, perhaps, open a dialogue?
Many are dreading meeting relatives for Thanksgiving after Donald Trump’s surprise victory. A student of the cultural divide around climate change offers tips for opening dialogues on politics.
We can’t hope to ensure basic human rights until we learn to respect our differences and welcome diversity in society.
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When considering contemporary human rights issues in Australia – our denial of refugee rights, the disproportionate number of Indigenous children in juvenile detention and racial vilification on public…