/ Modified jun 12, 2019 5:09 p.m.

Tucson Juneteenth Celebration 2019

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A cross-cultural program inspires Native students in the UA College of Medicine; and, is it a piece of cake for the brain to interpret a metaphor?

juneteenth education Education about black history, including the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, is is an important component of the annual Tucson Juneteenth Celebrations.
courtesy Valerie Stanley

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Tucson Juneteenth Festival 2019

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Featured on the June 13th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

- The 2019 graduating class at the University of Arizona included eight Native American students, which is a record number. Emma Gibson tells how a program designed to increase diversity within the College of Medicine is inspiring success.

Indigenous medical students blessing ceremony 2019 Two medical students from the graduating class of 2019 participate in a blessing ceremony May 10, 2019, that honored the work they've done in their program.
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- “Juneteenth” commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and is recognized as a holiday or special day of observance in 45 states. The annual gathering, happening on Saturday, June 15th at the Tucson Convention Center, is a celebration of culture, food, and music, as organizers Valerie Stanley, Andrè Newman, and Dr. Michael Engs will share.

A visit to the Tucson Juneteenth Celebration 2017, produced by Andrew Brown.

Black History in Southern Arizona, produced by Andrew Brown.

- And, we use metaphors every day in ways that add meaning and color to our speech. But how does the human brain interpret this information? Mark talks with Vicky Lai, a University of Arizona researcher who leads the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab. Lai has been exploring the way we process metaphorical language for more than a decade.

metaphor experiment hero Two students working in Professor Vicky Lai's Cognitive Neuroscience of Language lab prepare a volunteer subject for an EEG scan. The scan will reveal information about how her brain responds to and interprets metaphorical language.
courtesy Vicky Lai

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