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In My Words: Media shades the truth when it comes to colorism

Associate Professor Naeemah Clark criticizes in newspaper guest columns an entertainment industry that perpetuates standards of beauty that celebrate lighter complexions over elegance also found in people with darker skin.

In My Words: Speaking clearly is a skill that's, like, lacking, you know?

Too many "filler words" are making too many people look less than confident about their ideas, and Mark Fox, who teaches public speaking in the School of Communications, offers suggestions in regional newspapers on countering the problem.

In My Words: Relationship between science and faith is still evolving

Associate Professor Dave Gammon writes in a newspaper opinion column about the tension between strong religious adherents and members of the scientific community, arguing how the two groups aren't mutually exclusive.

In My Words: The Fab Four and the fantastic fortunes of failure

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles making their American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Associate Professor Michael Frontani shares insights in regional newspapers about early setbacks for one of the biggest bands of the modern era.

In My Words: Dreaming of rainbows but cashing bad checks

Associate Professor Prudence Layne authored a newspaper guest column for the MLK Jr. holiday in which she reflects on the shared legacies of the slain American civil rights leader and his counterpart in South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela.

In My Words: The climate change war may already be over

Professor Pranab Das writes in a newspaper opinion column published across the region about the reasons climate change has subsided from public debate in recent years.

In My Words: New Year resolutions require 'SMART' approaches

Liz Bailey in the Department of Health and Human Performance shares in regional newspapers her advice for setting realistic and obtainable goals for improving your life in the new year.

In My Words: Our 'global community' is alive and well

Professor Tom Arcaro illustrates in a newspaper guest column how humans now more than ever are looking beyond politics and lines on a map to provide comfort and aid to those in need.

In My Words: Real women of the hair salon

Associate Professor Naeemah Clark in the School of Communications writes in a newspaper opinion column how several "reality" television programs don't accurately portray the roles African-American women play in their communities.

In My Words: Supporting those on the front lines of support

The recent kidnappings of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers in Syria are the backdrop to a newspaper column from Professor Tom Arcaro on the responsibilities people have to assist aid workers.

In My Words: Stop arguing about the science of climate change

Public policy debates on addressing climate change are one thing, but in a newspaper guest column, Associate Professor Dave Gammon says it's time to move past disagreements about the scientific data proving that humans are largely the cause.

In My Words: In defense of 'Invisible Man'

When a North Carolina school system temporarily pulled "Invisible Man" from its libraries,  Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher turned to newspaper opinion pages to explain why such bans are misguided.

In My Words: A strike to end the war in Syria

With relatives in Syria and steeped in its history, Assistant Professor Haya Ajjan writes in a newspaper guest column about the need for U.S. military involvement to end a brutal civil war while putting a stop to the use of chemical weapons in her home country.

In My Words: Beautiful, strong … and invisible

Associate Professor Naeemah Clark writes in a newspaper guest column about the lack of minority female role models on television who can be a positive influence for all girls of color.

In My Words: Changing the narrative of the future in Honduras & the world

Professor Tom Arcaro writes in a newspaper guest column about a new model for delivering humanitarian aid around the globe, and he calls on colleges and universities to be a part of finding solutions to challenging social ills.

In My Words: Anti-nationalism and atheism from a Founding Father?

Professor Tom Arcaro writes in a newspaper column that Americans should consider what the author of "Common Sense" had to say about patriotism and religion.

In My Words: New efforts needed to meet goals of Clean Water Act

Associate Professor Janet MacFall writes in a newspaper column about the successes of the landmark environmental legislation and the failures where renewed energy is needed.

In My Words: What unsavory mockingbirds teach us about ourselves

Think your life is bad? In a newspaper guest column, Associate Professor Dave Gammon shares research that shows other species - especially mockingbirds - have it worse.

In My Words: Don’t let a sensational trial convict our whole justice system

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin  sparked cries of a broken system from many Americans, but Assistant Professor Kenneth Fernandez warns about the risks of possible court reforms.

In My Words: Ignore the hype, for North Carolina’s future is strong

The New York Times and other national media outlets have recently published opinions critical of the state, but Assistant Professor Jason Husser counters that the best is yet to come in North Carolina.

In My Words: Just another Moral Monday

Professor Jeffrey C. Pugh writes for several North Carolina newspapers about his observations of a recent "Moral Monday" protest in Raleigh as national media cover demonstrations against state policy decisions.

In My Words: A child’s fight for life exposes facts about organ donations

Professor Mary Jo Festle argues in a newspaper guest column that it's unfair to label the nation's organ transplant system as "senseless" because of one girl's battle for new lungs.

In My Words: Personal responsibility the first step in making a safer world

Professor Tom Arcaro argues in a newspaper guest column that relying on legislation or new public policies isn't enough to make corporations protect their workers.

In My Words: After Pakistan’s elections, a troubled alliance drones on

Associate Professor Jason Kirk writes in a newspaper guest column how recent elections in the world's sixth-largest nation won't necessarily make the road ahead any easier for the United States.

In My Words: Don't turn a blind eye to evil in Syria

In a newspaper guest column, Assistant Professor Haya Ajjan, urges the international community to take action to stop the violence in her war-torn home nation.

In My Words: The first steps toward healing involve remembering

Assistant Professor Jason Husser writes in a newspaper column about his childhood home's plan to honor a black sheriff's deputy slain in the 1960s.

In My Words: The case for government investment in journalism

A newspaper guest column by Associate Professor Michelle Ferrier argues that government can play a role in developing the next generation of storytellers.

In My Words: In death, Thatcher remains larger than life

A guest newspaper column by Professor Rosemary Haskell reflects on the legacy of Britain's former prime minister.

In My Words: Beware the education-industrial complex

Professor Tom Arcaro writes in regional newspapers that public policy debates over higher education miss a critical question.

In My Words: Easter season resurrects Mom’s mystery

Associate Professor Tom Nelson writes in a newspaper column how a recent visit to NYC reminded him of his late mother's dying confession.

In My Words: Rethink what you know about 'the South'

A Winter Term course with International Fellows inspired Assistant Professor Jason Husser to explain why stereotypes can hurt a region.

In My Words: Statistically, we don’t use calculus much
Associate Professor Dave Gammon suggests in a newspaper column that statistics courses - not calculus - may be more helpful for students.
In My Words: Everyone wins when labor, management cooperate
Professor Mary Gowan argues in a newspaper guest column that corporate executives & union leaders need to build healthier relationships.
In My Words: Shadows of 'Animal Farm' haunt us today
Two years into the Arab Spring, Professor Rosemary Haskell writes in a newspaper guest column how Orwell's novel remains relevant.
In My Words: We're all to blame for cliff diving
Assistant Professor Jason Husser uses a newspaper guest column to suggest ways for Americans to foster cooperation in Washington.
In My Words: When preventing crime stunts moral growth
Should we keep people from being able to choose to break the law? Associate Professor Michael Rich poses the question in a newspaper column.
In My Words: It's not the end of the world
In a newspaper column, Associate Professor Tony Crider looks back on the media buzz surrounding the Maya prophecy that didn't come true.
In My Words: When not every child is created equally
Professor Tom Arcaro offers a global perspective on the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in a newspaper guest column.
In My Words: What I saw at the gun show
In a newspaper opinion column, Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher recounts his experience at a gun show the day after the Newtown tragedy.
In My Words: Another year, another Apocalypse
With the Maya calendar in the news, Associate Professor Lynn Huber sheds light on what "apocalypse" really means in the Bible.
In My Words: Laughing at ‘secession’ misses the bigger problem
In a newspaper column, Assistant Professor Jason Husser explains the discontent that compels people to push for independence from the United States.
In My Words: 'Sleeping giant’ shapes American politics
Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll, looks ahead to future elections and the role Latino voters will play in deciding outcomes.
In My Words: Sandy brings climate change back for discussion
In the wake of a devastating storm, faculty members Michael Strickland and Janet MacFall say now is the time for lawmakers to hold serious debates.
In My Words: 'Navigating breast cancer’s long road'
Associate Professor Barbara Gordon shares reflections of her personal journey during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In My Words: 'Sleeping soundly, feeling better'
Professor Rosemary Haskell reflects on her own family in a newspaper column to answer the election-year question of being "better off."
In My Words: 'Voting on the Future of the Court'
Assistant Professor Dion Farganis reminds newspaper audiences that more is at stake in November than simply who occupies the White House.
In My Words: 'What should Obama say about guns?'
In a newspaper guest column, Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher writes a suggested presidential televised address to the American people.
In My Words: 'Neil Armstrong, a retrospective'
Associate Professor Tom Nelson in the School of Communications reflects on astronaut Neil Armstrong's qualities in the era of social media.
In My Words: ' I don't understand Higgs'
For Professor Pranab Das, the recent discovery of the "God particle" offers a moment to reflect on what makes science special.
In My Words: 'Anyone willing to share the blame?'
Public sentiment toward teachers has Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr worried that the best and brightest will shy from the profession.
In My Words: 'The Rule That Dare Not Speak its Name'
In a newspaper guest column, Professor Rosemary Haskell points out the irony to a longstanding requirement for serving as a Scout leader.
In My Words: '40 years later, going beyond Title IX'
Assistant Professor Tony Weaver argues that top collegiate sports programs should use new revenues from TV agreements to advance gender equity.
In My Words: 'Fracking Presents Tough Choices for Rural Poor'
As debate over natural gas extraction intensifies in North Carolina, Associate Professor Mat Gendle uses personal experience to offer perspective.
In My Words: 'Looking back at species lost'
Endangered Species Day 2012 provided Associate Professor Jeffrey Coker a moment to reflect on how human actions can harm biodiversity.
In My Words: 'Evolution' on homosexuality can take time
After Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage rights, Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher defends the president's "evolving" position.
In My Words: 'Public apologies won't end soon'
Why have a handful of soldiers created embarrassment for the United States in recent months? Professor Tom Arcaro offers an explanation.
In My Words: '1912: Year of Disasters'
Two tragedies took place in 1912. A century later, Professor Rosemary Haskell reflects on how we slowly change the way we remember such episodes.
In My Words: 'More oil not the cure for our energy pains'
Promising to cut gas prices in half? Associate Professor Dave Gammon takes to task a presidential hopeful for overlooking one half the equation.
In My Words: 'Who the marriage amendment is aimed at'
Professor Jeffrey C. Pugh argues against a proposed state constitutional amendment in one of North Carolina's leading newspapers.