Stairwell Teatro

Welcome to La Scala, the stairwell at my home, where I share short vignettes about names. Each episode is released with an accompanying blog post that provides insights and links to information related to the video's topic. Link to the blog is provided with each episode.

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Ep 1

While ordering at a Starbucks in Madrid, Irma realizes her name won’t be mispronounced. In Spain even her Starbucks name, Maria, gets a vacation. For blog, click here

Ep 2

What to do when someone mispronounces your name: let it go, tell them how it's pronounced, help them get it right? It's your name, you get to choose. For blog, click here.

Ep 3

Not everyone pronounces the name Irma the way I do. Props to Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, whose name is pronounced Urma. We show respect by saying a person's name the way they do. For blog, click here.

Ep 4

Have you ever been asked to say your name in English? What exactly is the request, that you give a literal translation of the words or that you mispronounce it? Is Jaime Cuervo supposed to call himself Jim Crow? Respect for our names and our identity are social justice issues. For blog, click here.

Ep 5

When Cassisus Clay, the Heavyweight Boxing Champion, became a Muslim he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. It took six long years before the Associated Press and the New York Times caved in to his demand that he be called by his "free" name.  For blog, click here.

Ep 6

A name can have multiple correct pronunciations. How do you know if you have the right one, and what you can do when you get it wrong. For blog, click here.

Ep 7

Thank you, viewers, for sending me name stories that you come across. Here are a few. You are greatly appreciated. For blog, click here.

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Ep 8

Imagine this dilemma. You are well-educated and eminently qualified for a job. Your resume is tailored to highlight the experiences that make you a strong candidate. But you wonder: will your name be an impediment?

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