Author Archives: Cynthia Coleman Emery

About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.

How do you translate power?

Look at those who cause harm My university students love to talk about power. It comes with being youthful and curious. But the key is to dig deeper, and ask, how power is fueled and what forms does it take? … Continue reading

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What if folks can tell when you lie?

In the era of alternative facts and post-truth, fish police the liars When some fish display their anger, their pals can tell when they’re lying. A study of Cichlids—a common freshwater fish you can find in your local pet store—showed … Continue reading

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The fight for environmental sanity

Yet another oil spill Bill McKibben, a college professor and environmental scholar, writes eloquently in the New Yorker that objections to oil pipelines—actual and proposed—that cut through North America (from Canada through the Dakotas and end in Texas) are a … Continue reading

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Celebrating Native Humor

Countering the Stoic Indian  Artist Zig Jackson takes gentle digs at the intersections of cultural humor in Indian Country and urban America. A recent collection displayed at the Portland Art Museum showed an Indian in headdress (Jackson) poised against a … Continue reading

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The violence of the lie

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Truth, lies, facts and alternatives Here’s an exercise: imagine what our social lives would be like if we considered lying an act of violence. Sissela Bok, an ethics scholar, writes that lying…

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The violence of the lie

Truth, lies, facts and alternatives Here’s an exercise: imagine what our social lives would be like if we considered lying an act of violence. Sissela Bok, an ethics scholar, writes that lying is a form of violence. What would happen … Continue reading

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Take a trip through an Indigenous lens

Originally posted on Cynthia Coleman Emery's Blog:
Can you imagine being indebted for more than $1,000,000,000,000? Yes, it is worthwhile observing National American Indian Heritage Month. Each November I make a promise to view my world through an indigenous…

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