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“Who You Are” vs. “How You Help”

How many times do you ask someone what they do, and they recite a list of tasks? Like the UPS Store speed dating commercial: “We do printing, packing, faxing, notarizing, shredding…” Note that she does not end up with a date. And yet, when you provide different services within a business it can be hard to…

Building a Satire Community

Comedy writer and satirist (and self-proclaimed, highly acclaimed pizza scientist) Caitlin Kunkel is ON FIRE! Since publishing the book New Erotica for Feminists in 2018 things have exploded. She’s the co-founder of the comedy and satire site The Belladonna Comedy. She created the online satire writing program for The Second City and teaches workshops and speaks across the…

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A USAmerican Teaching Comedy in Jordan

Whether you are an interculturalist or not, you’ll love Caitlin Kunkel’s story of adapting the curriculum she wrote for The Second City in Chicago to teach satire and stage a show in Amman, Jordan. It was more about bringing her expertise for the process, not judging the content, says Kunkel, an accomplished comedy writer and…

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Thanksgiving through a Brazilian Lens

Greetings, from guest blogger Geno Bonaventura, aka my darling husband. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving in Brazil, but, nowadays I enjoy it with my American family members and friends. Here are some of the facts about Thanksgiving facts that I have learned, to get you into the mood: The first…

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Cool, But Scary…Deepfakes Are Here

Nancy Pelosi drunkenly slurred her words in a public address. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gleefully asserted that whoever has the data will rule the world. Carrie Fisher finished her role as Princess Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…after she died. These are all examples of deepfake videos. Deepfake videos, created by artificial intelligence (AI), make people appear to say or…

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Being Nice as a Business Strategy

So often people say I “should” be on Facebook. I “need” to be on Instagram. And, that may be true if it matches your business strategy and you choose platforms that cater to your target demographic.  But it’s reassuring to know that just being human, being nice, also can be a sound business strategy. Especially…

Communication and Context

Communication from English to English

My husband and I went to Café El Tapatio in Niles the other night (very lively and delicious, fyi). There was a sign taped to the door saying “Menudo served on Saturdays and Sundays.” It was a cold night. We were planning for chicken soup and margaritas to warm up. Out of curiosity—maybe this was…