My Name, My Identity

school-953123_960_720“Did you know that mispronouncing a student’s name negates the identity of the student? This can lead to anxiety and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress.”

My Name, My Identity helps build positive school culture and promotes respect of students and families.

The fight to restore the name ‘Stalingrad’

800px-Kazan_Cathedral,_Volgograd_003In recent years, a movement especially popular with veterans has pushed to return the city name ‘Volgograd’ to ‘Stalingrad’.

Vladimir Putin has endorsed the idea, and has even changed the name of ‘Volgograd’ to ‘Stalingrad’ on the list of Hero Cities on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. This has come at a time when remembrance of the ‘Great Patriotic War’ (World War II), as it is known in Russia, is increasing in fervor.

In recent years, Stalin has slowly been rehabilitated throughout Russia from a murderous dictator to an heroic leader. The underpinning logic of his revival is that he may have been responsible for the murder of millions, but he saved the Soviet Union from the Nazis.

Toponyms in the Chronicle of Higher Education

1280px-Puerto_Ángel,_Oaxaca,_MexicoEarlier this month The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article relevant to political/cultural toponymics in “The Chronicle Review,” 6 May 2016, B6-11. It is by Paul Voosen, who titled it “The Oaxaca incident: A geographer’s efforts to map a Mexican village reveal the risks of military entanglement.” The article tells of researchers’ work to map Tiltepec, Oaxaca, including geographical names for the area that only locals know, as well as the difficulties and “entanglements” that the work ran into. If you subscribe, you can read the article at the link above.