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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2017

Published: June 27, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

Why is Norway the Happiest Place on Earth?  

When the 2017 World Happiness Report proclaimed that Norway had inched out Denmark as leader of the global happiness rankings, our Italian Dean Eric Dregni had to investigate.

The Marshall Plan's Meaning Today

Seventy years ago, U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced a program of support for war-devastated Europe that many regard as one of the major historical accomplishments of U.S. foreign policy. Our German Dean Dan Hamilton discusses the relevance  of the Marshall Plan today.

New Ways of Seeing: How Multilingualism Opens Our Eyes and Trains Our Minds for a Complex World

Multilingualism is a key aspect of life for most people in the world. In New Ways of Seeing, Chris Livaccari, an educator and former diplomat, makes an eloquent case for language learning as a means to enhance and deepen students' capacity for processing information and analyzing the shape of the world.

Learning a New Language Is Always a Good Career Move

. . . argues Ryan McMunn, Founder and CEO of BRIC Language Systems, in the Huffington Post.

Do Women Talk More than Men?

Does text messaging make you stupid? Can chimpanzees really talk to us? Abby Kaplan, a linguist at the University of Utah, takes on a wide range of language myths, and explains the influence of culture and social factors. Engaging and accessibly written, Kaplan's lively discussion challenges what we think we know about language.

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