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CCOM Symposium

Do You Hear What I Hear? Workplace Diversity and the English Language

Thursday, March 2  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Co-presented in collaboration with WFYI

Martha Barnette is co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in 300 cities across North America, and worldwide by podcast. Locally, Barnette can be heard on WFYI. The show is about words and how we use them—word and phrase origins, slang, regional dialects, writing well, books and reading, and that weird thing Grandma used to say.

Barnette holds an undergraduate degree in English from Vassar College and did graduate work in classical languages at the University of Kentucky. Before her work in radio, she was a Reporter for the Washington Post and an Editorial Writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She’s the author of three books on word origins: A Garden of Words, Ladyfingers & Nun’s Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names, and Dog Days & Dandelions. She’s often quoted in the news media about language topics.

Martha joined A Way with Words in 2004. She’s president of Wayword, Inc., the 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that produces and distributes the program with support from listeners and underwriters. She holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

A Kentucky native, she lives in San Diego, where she can be found hiking mountain trails and performing improv comedy at Finest City Improv.