THE POWER OF WORDS

"I think we need to be aware that words are extremely powerful. They are powerful in negative ways. People are killed because of the words they say or other people say about them. And, fundamentalism uses a particular kind of language, a particular kind of diction that obscures meaning. And so in my life, and hopefully in students' lives, I'd like them and me to be as alert as possible to what language conveys and its power."