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Bringing Back Play: What the Loss of Play Means for Our...

In her online Washington Post article “The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — and the Rise in Sensory Issues,” pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom...
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Why We Need More Play, Recreation, and Leisure in Our Lives

The author Stuart Brown, M.D., details the intriguing encounter between a twelve-hundred-pound Polar Bear and a Canadian Eskimo sled dog in the book Play: How...
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What Disney Gets Wrong About Its Princesses and Heroines

How far has Disney come from its early days of promoting traditional and limiting gender roles? This is an especially potent question today at...

How Much Do Our Words Matter?

Although we have always known it intuitively, science has confirmed the tremendous power our words have on ourselves, communities, and the world. In fact,...
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Talk to Me: Dean Nelson on Better Conversations

If you ask Dean Nelson, Ph.D., founder and director of the journalism program at PLNU, about the driving force behind his...

In Praise of a Nonelite Education

The recent college admissions scandal and all the news-media coverage surrounding it has sucked me in. I find it both salacious and disturbing.

Is Life Over After College? Recent PLNU Alumni Share About Life...

It seems like as soon as college freshmen walk onto campus the countdown begins: only four more years until they have to enter the real world.
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TEDx at PLNU

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share...

Faith and Hip-Hop: Lindsey Lupo’s Journey to Social Justice through Music

For Lindsey Lupo, growing up in the golden age of hip-hop meant a view into the power behind lyrics, stories, and speaking up about injustice – a perspective she now brings to her students at PLNU.
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Podcast: Why Are We So Lonely? “Connection” at the Cost of...

Do the “communities” we find ourselves a part of represent the type of relationships that are necessary for our biological, social, civic, and spiritual...
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Two Moms on a Mission to Fight Human Trafficking

When Kim Jones (90), the director of external relations and development for PLNU’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation, found out a 13-year-old girl was...
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Restorative Justice: From Retribution to Redemption

After the “Guilty” verdict was announced, concluding the second of two capital murder trials, John Sage walked out to the courthouse...