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Unlearning Racism As A Non-Black Person Of Color
Journalism

Unlearning Racism As A Non-Black Person Of Color

The first time I learned about the history of race and racism in America was during my first year of college, when I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me. Before then, I had plenty of lessons on race, only none of them had ever happened in the classroom. Growing up as a mixed-race Iranian American girl in the suburban Midwest, being the target of racism was as integral to my education as learning how to read. As a kid, my skin was much darker than it is today, and in my mostly White classroom, I was usually one of the brownest kids and undoubtedly the most hirsute. My race has always been ambiguous, but my hairiness earned me the name “Bigfoot” from some of my classmates. Some who knew my racial background opted for more targeted insults, such as “terrorist” and “Muslim f...
Disruptive To In-Person Communication – But Screens Are Keeping Us Connected
TECHNOLOGY

Disruptive To In-Person Communication – But Screens Are Keeping Us Connected

Digital technology has been a lifeline during the COVID-19 health crisis. Yet, its impact on human relationships remains complex. It allows for work and connection in many domains, but does so in ways that are often intrusive, exhausting and potentially corrosive to face-to-face relationships. The debate about technology’s effect on overall mental health rages on. Some researchers claim smartphones have destroyed a generation, while others argue screen time doesn’t predict mental health at all. After years of research on the topic, I have come to the conclusion that screen time can disrupt a fundamental aspect of our human experience – paying attention to one another’s eyes. Smartphones, even more than older technologies like television, have been aggressively designed to control and ca...
When In-Person LGBTQ Communities Are Lacking – Social Media Gives Support To Youth
LGBTQ

When In-Person LGBTQ Communities Are Lacking – Social Media Gives Support To Youth

Linda Charmaraman, Wellesley College Teens today have grown up on the internet, and social media has served as a space where LGBTQ youth in particular can develop their identities. Scholarship about the online experiences of LGBTQ youth has traditionally focused on cyberbullying. But understanding both the risks and the benefits of online support is key to helping LGBTQ youth thrive, both on- and offline. I am a senior research scientist studying the benefits and challenges of teen social technology and digital media use. My colleagues, Rachel Hodes and Amanda Richer, and I recently conducted a study on the social media experiences of LGBTQ youth, and we found that online networks can provide critical resources for them to explore their identities and engage with others in the community...
The First Black Person To Head The NAACP A Century Ago, James Weldon Johnson
SOCIAL JUSTICE, VIDEO REELS

The First Black Person To Head The NAACP A Century Ago, James Weldon Johnson

In this moment of national racial reckoning, many Americans are taking time to learn about chapters in U.S. history left out of their school texbooks. The early years of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights group that initially coalesced around a commitment to end the brutal practice of lynching in the United States, is worth remembering now. An interracial group of women and men founded the group that would soon become known as the NAACP in 1909. A coalition of white journalists, lawyers and progressive reformers led the effort. It would take another 11 years until, in 1920, James Weldon Johnson became the first Black person to formally serve as its top official. As I explain in my forthcoming book “Nonviolence Before King: The Politics of Being...
How gene editing a person’s brain cells could be used to curb the opioid epidemic
TECHNOLOGY

How gene editing a person’s brain cells could be used to curb the opioid epidemic

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic cripples the economy and kills hundreds of people each day, there is another epidemic that continues to kill tens of thousands of people each year through opioid drug overdose. Opioid analgesic drugs, like morphine and oxycodone, are the classic double-edged swords. They are the very best drugs to stop severe pain but also the class of drugs most likely to kill the person taking them. In a recent journal article, I outlined how a combination of state-of-the-art molecular techniques, such as CRISPR gene editing and brain microinjection methods, could be used to blunt one edge of the sword and make opioid drugs safer. I am a pharmacologist interested in the way opioid drugs such as morphine and fentanyl can blunt pain. I became fascinated in biology at the tim...
Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care
HEALTH & WELLNESS

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

COVID-19 has led to a boom in telehealth, with some health care facilities seeing an increase in its use by as much as 8,000%. This shift happened quickly and unexpectedly and has left many people asking whether telehealth is really as good as in-person care. Over the last decade, I’ve studied telehealth as a Ph.D. researcher while using it as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse. Telehealth is the use of phone, video, internet and technology to perform health care, and when done right, it can be just as effective as in-person health care. But as many patients and health care professionals switch to telehealth for the first time, there will inevitably be a learning curve as people adapt to this new system. So how does a patient or a provider make sure they are using telehealth...
Ethical challenges loom over decisions to resume in-person college classes
COVID-19, EDUCATION, VIDEO REELS

Ethical challenges loom over decisions to resume in-person college classes

By early July, about 80% of U.S. campuses were planning to resume at least some in-person instruction, even as a growing numbers of faculty are voicing concerns about safety. As Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, argues, “Because we do not yet have the ability to bring students and staff back to campus while keeping them safe and healthy, we simply cannot return to business as usual.” Sorrell says that bringing students back in this context “constitutes an abdication of our moral responsibility as leaders.” But this isn’t just about the responsibilities of individual campuses and university leaders to do what’s right. As a scholar of ethics, I believe it is unwise and unethical for government to leave schools largely on their own to navigate in deciding whether and how to ...
Screens are keeping us connected now – but they’re still disruptive to in-person communication
COVID-19, TECHNOLOGY, VIDEO REELS

Screens are keeping us connected now – but they’re still disruptive to in-person communication

Digital technology has been a lifeline during the COVID-19 health crisis. Yet, its impact on human relationships remains complex. It allows for work and connection in many domains, but does so in ways that are often intrusive, exhausting and potentially corrosive to face-to-face relationships. The debate about technology’s effect on overall mental health rages on. Some researchers claim smartphones have destroyed a generation, while others argue screen time doesn’t predict mental health at all. After years of research on the topic, I have come to the conclusion that screen time can disrupt a fundamental aspect of our human experience – paying attention to one another’s eyes. Smartphones, even more than older technologies like television, have been aggressively designed to control and ca...
Journalism

When Does a Person of Color Get to Be an Expat?

Around the world, the term is often synonymous with White people from affluent countries. I’m Black. I’m Hispanic. I’m a woman. And I’m an American who has lived “outside their native country” in Cameroon, Costa Rica, and now Istanbul, Turkey. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this makes me an expatriate, or expat. But I wrestle with the term, not because of its textbook definition, but because of its nuance. Expat is often synonymous with White people from affluent countries, mostly because they’ve traditionally chosen to self-identify this way. The word conjures up images of British aesthetes in Tangier, or American and European retirees in a take-your-pick of tropical paradises. And more recently, multinational executives in post-colonial states and inte...
People Magazine – The Average Person’s Reading on Celebrities Lifestyles
CELEBRITIES

People Magazine – The Average Person’s Reading on Celebrities Lifestyles

People magazine started back in 1974 as a spin-off from the page known back then as the 'People' page in Time magazine. A huge success, the magazine evolved and issued a Spanish version known as People en Espanol (1996) and Teen People (1998) only to embody the latter into the main magazine after 2006, because of low circulation and a decrease in advertising pages. The magazine introduced a separate issue called People Stylewatch, an extension to the original publications hugely popular Stylewatch column (2002); because of its success, the Stylewatch issue was circulating ten times a year after 2007. People magazine runs special issues; the 'fifty most beautiful' (now 100 most beautiful people) is a special annual issue the gives the award to one of the most beautiful men or...