Clint C. Wilson II, EdD is professor of Journalism at the Howard University School of Communications and graduate professor in its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A recipient of the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Wilson has published scholarly work on the relationship between people of color and mainstream general circulation media in Journalism Educator, Columbia Journalism Review, Quill, and Change. His professional journalism career includes work for various news media organizations, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, USA Today.com and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Félix F. Gutiérrez, PhD, is professor of Journalism and Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and professor of American Studies and Ethnicity in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. A former senior vice president of the Newseum and Freedom Forum, his publication credits include five books and more than 50 articles or book chapters on diversity and the media. He received the 2011 Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists named him the "Padrino (Godfather) of Hispanic Journalists" in 1995 and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lena M. Chao is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California
State University, Los Angeles where she also serves as Director for the
Asian and Asian American Institute. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULA,
she was on the administrative staff of the Media Institute for Minorities at
the University of Southern California and worked as a Public Service
Coordinator at KFWB News radio in Los Angeles. She also has worked at Radio
Espanol and served as Media Director for the American Civil Liberties Union
of Southern California.
Her areas of scholarly specialization include public relations, mass
communication, and intercultural and interpersonal communications. Her
academic work has been published in Human Communication, California Politics
and Policy, and Feedback among others.
She was on the founding board of the Media Action Network for Asian
Americans (MANAA), a watchdog group that monitors communications media in
the United States for fair, balanced and accurate portrayals of Asian
Pacific Americans. Her public service activities also includes membership on
the advisory boards of two non-profit organizations, The Coalition of
Brothers and Sisters Unlimited, and the Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose
Center, both located in South Central Los Angeles. She is Faculty Director
for Service Learning at Cal State L.A., promoting curriculum development and
faculty and student involvement in community service learning opportunities.
Ms. Chao received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of
California, Los Angeles, and her M.S. in Print Journalism and Ph.D. in
Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California.
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.
In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us--by having real conversations
BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS
NPR's Best Books of 2017
Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships & Communication
“We Need to Talk is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.” (Jessica Lahey, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure)
Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals.
And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication. For example:BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.CHECK YOUR BIAS. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.HIDE YOUR PHONE. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation.
Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most—Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.