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Hispanic Heritage Month (English)

The meaning of knowledge

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What is knowledge?

Knowledge is the action and effect of knowing, that is, of acquiring valuable information to understand reality through reason, understanding and intelligence. It refers, then, to what results from a learning process.

Knowledge can be referred to in various ways. In its most general sense, the word knowledge refers to the accumulated information on a certain topic or subject. In a more specific sense, knowledge is defined as the set of abilities, skills, mental processes and information acquired by the individual, whose function is to help her interpret reality, solve problems and direct her behavior.

The word knowledge comes from the Latin cognoscere, formed by the prefix con, which means 'all' or 'together', and the word gnoscere.

As a phenomenon, knowledge has been studied since Classical Antiquity, and it is an important area within philosophical, psychological and scientific studies in general.

Characteristics and properties of knowledge

  • Knowledge is always cultural, that is, it shapes culture.
  • Knowledge is usually capable of being expressed and transmitted through language.
  • In this sense, knowledge is codified, that is, it requires a code or language for its communication.
  • It guides the thinking, behavior and decision-making processes of human beings.
  • It is a complex phenomenon determined by biological, psychological and social variables.

2023 Events: September 15—October 15

Join us as we celebrate, educate, advocate, and activate diversity education at CMU.

  • 9/15 - Keynote Speaker, Bovee UC 302 Auditorium, 5:00 p.m.
  • 9/16 - La Gente Welcome Back Carne Asada, Wesley Church, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • 9/18 - Juguetes y Dulces: A Journey into Mexican Traditions, Bovee UC 108, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/19 - More Than Just One Voice, Sara Opperman Auditorium, Park Library, 5:00 p.m.
  • 9/20 - Navigating Diversity in STEM: Insight from a Latine Perspective, Engineering & Technology Building 116, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/21 - The Art of Talavera Making, Bovee UC 108, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/26 - Empowering Immigrant and Undocumented Student in Higher Education, Sarah Opperman Auditorium, Park Library, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/27 - Ballet Folklorico Performance, Townsend Kiva Theater, Moore 130, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/28 - Latine Entrepreneurship & Small Business Success, James Gilmore Smith Room, Grawn Hall 100, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/29 - The Resilient Legacy of the Taino Culture, Bovee UC Auditorium 302, 5:00 p.m.
  • 10/3 - The Art and History of Tortilla Production, Allen Foundation Culinary Nutrition Center, Wightman Hall 110, 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/4 - Rep Your Roots: Latin American Heritage, Bovee UC 108, 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/5 - Experience the Rhythms of Latin America Dance Lessons, MAC Gym 1, SAC, 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/7 - Futbol Tournament Unite, Compete, & Enjoy! IM Soccer Field, Outdoor Sports Complex, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • 10/9 - Indigenous People Fashion Show (A Journey through Indigenous Fashion) Bovee UC Rotunda 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/10 - Marianismo: Navigating Purity Culture, Patriarchy, and Health Sexuality, Bovee UC Auditorium 302, 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/12 - Distinguishing Latin Cultures & Embracing Diverse Identities, Bovee UC Auditorium 302, 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/13 - Annual Career Awareness Information Session, Bovee UC Auditorium 302, 2:00 p.m.