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Course Development: Lessons from ‘Frozen II’ (Part III)

This is the final article in a three-part series about how the Disney movie creative process could be adapted to improve course development.

Podcast: How We Can Improve Race Relations in the US

What can people do to educate themselves and their children to better understand what people of color feel and experience living in the U.S.? In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to Dr. Kristin Williams-Washington about how to have tough conversations.

Testing Readability Levels for Comprehension (Part I)

Writing for a diverse audience is not easy. Being able to communicate in an easy to understand manner requires writing at an appropriate readability level.

Testing Readability Levels for Comprehension (Part II)

Now that we know about readability scores, what do we do now? Here are some tips to make your writing readable when writing for the typical audience.

Richard Wagner: Separating Art from Its Artist (Part II)

Ultimately, can we separate Richard Wagner’s art from the man? For some people, the answer will be “yes.” Others will say “no.”

Richard Wagner: Separating Art from Its Artist (Part I)

It is possible to separate great art from the person who created it. German opera composer Richard Wagner is a noteworthy case study.

Podcast: An American Indian Perspective on History Today

In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU professor Nicole Nesberg about her indigenous upbringing as an American Indian woman.

Podcast: The Sociology of Death and Dying

In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks with Dr. Kasia Polanska about her experience working with dying patients as a hospice volunteer.