Having never studied poetry I was skeptical about comprehending over 300 pages. However, that was not the case. I found Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming moving, enlightening, and challenging. The poems, written from the perspective of a child, but through the reflection of an adult offer a unique insight into the perceptions of black childhood. This […]Read more "Reflection: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ and Accepting the Unanswered Questions"
Americans find it difficult to talk about race. It is even harder to discuss ethnicity with children, who are still figuring out their own identities and where they fit in the world. In Boston Black: A City Connects, the Boston Children’s Museum teaches children about the history of African American communities in Boston through play. Children […]Read more "Learning About Each Other: Interpreting Culture for Children"
I knew Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson was going to be something special when I saw the three stickers for its Caldecott Award, Newbery Honor Award and National Book Award on the cover. The praise printed within the covers and personally expressed to me set a high bar. But I wasn’t prepared for how […]Read more "Recognizing and Honoring Brown Girls Dreaming… and Writing"
While studying art history in college, the department’s core classes followed the same white European arc that most of my history classes did: art began with the ancients of the Mediterranean, flourished in Europe for centuries before becoming a worldwide hodgepodge of creation as globalization occurred. Then the standard art history textbook would then include […]Read more "The Unsung Radical: Latina Women Artists"
When my younger sister was thirteen, someone told her that she should chemically straighten her very curly hair. This person believed that she would look “better” if her hair was permanently straight and therefore more in line with American perceptions of beauty, which elevate European women’s features above my sister’s Ashkenazi Jewish ones or the […]Read more "Caroline’s Hair and Caroline’s Arm: Body Image and Disability in Caroline’s Wedding"
In our class discussion on Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus, the most emotional moment for me was when we heard a brief audio clip of Vladek, who the main character is based on, telling his own story. Listening to Voladek reminded me of times that I’ve been privileged enough to hear Holocaust survivors speak and […]Read more "Stories and Emotions: Teaching Holocaust History"
The graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman tells the story of one family’s experience of the Holocaust portraying anthropomorphic mice as Jews, cats as Germans, and pigs as Poles. The idea for the story began when Spiegelman was asked to write and draw a three-page comic strip on racism, but he had to use animals […]Read more "Maus: The Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors"