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This article from NPR tells us that Amazon is raising its minimum wage. It’s a good starting point for a research project about part-time jobs. This week, we’re brainstorming research topics, so if you’re interested in this one, let’s talk more in class.

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The voice of “smileville”

When I was in high school, I was on a study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, and I remember watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie dubbed in Spanish. The Spanish speaking actor’s voice was considerably deeper than Schwarzenegger’s and had a very different tone, and I remember thinking how “off” it sounded.

Many of my students will be familiar with some of the characters in this video clip of a voice actor and his various roles. One project you could try is to find the Japanese voice actors for these roles (or other movies or animated series you’re interested in) and compare them. While you’re at it, compare the content, too. Are the English and Japanese very different?

Another project you could try is to find out why China apparently bans anything related to Winnie-the-Pooh…

Flying through the world of van Gogh

Something to enjoy, to ease us back and into the autumn semester. If you’re ready to start, try doing a little research on van Gogh, or one of his contemporaries. Or you could try finding something about him in the news, like these two pieces: “Does Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night feature the Milky, Milky Way?” (from The Art Newspaper), and this, which is a bit darker, more somber: “Van Gogh’s ‘terrifying environment’ of French asylum revealed” (from The Guardian).