Exercise Solutions: Interpretive Aerobics

My specialty is intercultural and intergenerational communications. I look at the tools of communication–language, visual elements and media– to help people better understand and communicate with one another to build and market projects and businesses. What happens when you also are a certified aerobics instructor? Then exercise becomes another mode of communication, another tool to…

Urban Slang: How What You Say Shows Your Age

When I was a girl, boys had cooties. A friend’s daughter was recently warned by a fellow kindergartner not to touch or “you’ll get Coronavirus” (although that may have been more literal.) In Boccaccio’s day you would have avoided someone “like the plague.”  If you’re in another country and there’s a language difference you know…

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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…