On Tuesday we were faced with the question, what are we doing with science now that we will look back at in fifty years and be unnerved by? This was in response to the discussion on America’s history surrounding eugenics. Where I was headed with my comment was Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There is research […]Read more "The Justifications We Make"
What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of the word fashion? Rarely, if ever, is that word disabled for the vast majority of the world. Disability affects hundreds of millions of families throughout the world. Often, people living with a disability enjoy many of the same pleasures of life as […]Read more "Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo"
Knowledge and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders continues be on the rise. The United States measures the incidence at 1 in 68 children now, up from 1 in 150 in 2000 . Museums are beginning to do their part by creating programming specifically designed to suit the needs of children, and families of children with […]Read more "Autism in the Museum: A Case Study of the BEST Program at the Museum of Science-Boston"
Imagine you are walking through the street, you are passing many different people. As far as you can see, everyone looks normal. Then you see someone with prosthetics, wheelchair or some common object that marks disability. You might become fixated with that device and the person using it. You start to either stare or consciously […]Read more "Objectification Happens"
Imagine a perfect human being: physically strong, immune to disease, intelligent, law-abiding. Eugenics, the science of better breeding to improve the human race, aimed to create a race of such ideal humans. Sir Francis Galton first coined the term in 1883, and it quickly gathered widespread support across the world.  Although the term eugenics has […]Read more "The Quest for Perfection and the Legacy of Eugenics"
Many of us fully believe and trust in science, after all science has been responsible for discovering life saving medicines and eradicating diseases. It is tested and proven by highly educated individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the quality of the lives of all people. Scientists have made incredible discoveries for centuries that […]Read more "Dangerous Science: The Abuse of Human Rights Through Eugenics"
Representation of African Americans in popular culture is incredibly important. Whether it is in print or television, African Americans have always fulfilled a certain role in media that is presented specifically to the dominant culture. Media and visual representation of African Americans that is meant to be viewed by African Americans themselves can help define […]Read more "Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art"