We Weren’t Born to Be Random: Culture as Comfort

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“Through culture, we become specific people, living in specific times and places. Culture gets under our skin. It becomes comfortable–second nature to us. That specificity makes encounters with other cultures foreign and strange–they don’t eat like us or talk like us. But they too have culture. Culture as Comfort examines this human alchemy, how culture makes us who we are, and how we can harness these insights to become more comfortable not only in our own culture but across the many cultures we encounter in today’s globalized world.” — Daniel Lende, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida. Click this link to order a copy of the Book: Culture as Comfort.

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Do we inherit culture? What role does biology play, if any? What is your comfort zone? Can culture be lost? We use the word so loosely but do we “really” know what it means.

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The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste: Body Follows Mind

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Is it possible that a school would pass students forward to ensure meeting a legislative mandate when those students cannot master their grade level? How can parents reconcile that their children are not prepared for the academic, social and economic challenges ahead? One parent states, “I work all day, have two other children at two different schools, a child in childcare and a husband to drop off and pick up each day. I’m doing the best I can to support my child and it is the school’s fault. My child was not having problems until she came to your school.” There are other parents in the same position whose children are doing quite well. What is the difference? Is there a correlation with the level of involvement of parents with the school and the success of their children? Are there things parents can be doing to better help their children? How do we move beyond blame, take responsibility and support our children? Hear from parents, a teacher and an educator on what they do and recommend. A special segment of this show will also include the impact at the junior college level when the work is not done in the early grades. Matt Layton, M.Ed., Certified Reading Specialist and Currently 4th Grade Teacher, Ebony Thomas, Admissions Coordinator for the School of Health Professions and an Adjunct Faculty Member, and Parents of “Real” Students join as our guests. Emilio Williams, Dean of Student and Family Life, is your host.

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