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Wielding (or Obscuring) the Power of Apology

Provost Barry Scherr
Lewis Glinert (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Recorded July 31, 2009

President Obama recently made headlines for off-hand remarks he made at a press conference about the situation between Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge Police Officer James Crowley, and then made headlines again as he tried to explain away those remarks. In this podcast, Lewis Glinert, a linguist and a professor of Hebrew in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, talks about the power of the spoken word, the culture of apologies, and how this has recently played out. Lewis is also affiliated with Dartmouth's Linguistics and Cognitive Science interdisciplinary program.

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