On gender-reveal parties:

“It makes sense that a new ritual devised for pregnancy would be full of balloons and cake, rather than prayers and blessings. As society becomes more secular, we do turn to more nonreligious rituals.”

Dimitris Xygalatas, anthropology assistant professor, The Atlantic, Oct. 2, 2019

On the ominous rise of toddler milk:

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that infant-formula sales and advertising decreased at the same time that toddler-milk sales increased.”

Yoon Choi, UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, The Atlantic, Feb. 4, 2020

On Henry “Box” Brown, the slave who mailed himself to freedom:

“Brown was a good-sized man and the box was about 3 feet long by 2 feet wide. The journey took roughly 36 hours.”

Martha Cutter, English and Africana Studies professor, BYU Radio, Jan. 23, 2020

On why cars are killing more pedestrians:

“We know something radically new is going on. But I don’t think we have an exact answer yet.”

Norman Garrick, engineering professor, The Guardian, Oct. 4, 2019

On fake news:

“Even our attempts to distinguish truth from falsity turn into screams of outrage.”

Michael Patrick Lynch, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of UConn’s Humanities Institute, The New York Times, Sep. 23, 2019

On rapidly declining bird populations:

“If you came out of your house one morning and noticed that a third of all the houses in your neighborhood were empty, you’d rightly conclude that something threatening was going on.”

Margaret Rubega, ornithology professor, Associated Press, Sept. 19, 2019

On why preservationists must be greener:

“Historic places will only exist if we have a planet left.”

Sara Bronin, law professor and director of UConn’s Center for Energy and Environmental Law, The Hill, Oct. 25, 2019

On dwindling numbers at protest marches:

“Burnout is real.”

Jeremy Pressman, political science associate professor, The Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2020


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