Tag: history

America’s Bilingual Roots

Dominika Baran reminds us of the history and value of America’s multilingual past  Every September, or August in some cases, teachers welcome into their classrooms students whose first language is not English. Some of these may be immigrant or refugee children who have just arrived in the U.S. and know not a single English word. Others may have grown up...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon characters from comic strips and comic books San Diego Comic -Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world. Held a couple of weeks ago, the event has sold out the past decade, and more than 130,000 flocked to the fun as our city...

The Rise of Women through the Birth of Languages

Jenna Lau reveals the secrets of Nushu, a language  emblematic of Chinese female empowerment and sisterhood. History is rife with accounts of gender inequality and discrimination, be it through politics, economics, or education. Nonetheless, in the face of scarce educational opportunities, women have risen to create their own opportunities when learning languages.Originating from a remote county in the southern region of...

UCLA to Create Center for Greek Culture

A $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable UCLA to create a center for the study of Hellenic culture, which will be housed in the UCLA College and will build on the university’s strengths in Hellenic studies, supporting research across disciplines ranging from archaeology and classics to languages and digital humanities.In addition to its teaching and...

‘The Single Greatest Educational Effort in Human History’

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Judy Heflin charts the success of Mao’s Chinese literacy programAlthough China boasts a history of over 5,000 years, the modern nation-state we know today is only about 65 years old. Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949, after the Chinese Civil War. Subsequently, the illiteracy rate of China,...

November 19 in History

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Richard Lederer gives us a sesquicentennial look back at the Gettysburg Address“Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope,” once wrote a student. In one fell swoop — and one swell foop — that young scholar managed to misplace a modifier and perpetuate an inaccurate myth.In his Pulitzer-Prize-winning Lincoln...