Alexander Graham Bell is best known for inventing the telephone, a device that has connected mankind on a global scale since its conception. Strangely enough, this same man spent a portion of his life working to keep people apart. Bell was a firm believer in eugenics, which has been defined as the science of better […]Read more "Inventor and Oppressor: Alexander Graham Bell, Eugenics, and the Deaf Community"
The most difficult part of tragedy is, arguably, the aftermath. Coping takes different forms, music, artwork, writing, dialogues, and many others. Each is equally valid, yet nuances in these expressions can create confusion as to what life post-tragedy truly entails. Historian Kidada E. Williams calls for scholars to further investigate analyze the expressions of experiences […]Read more "Emotional Trauma in the Jim Crow South: Truth in Fiction Through Richard Wright’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Children’"
In his collection of short stories, Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright demonstrates the challenges of being black in the Jim Crow South. His characters deal with everything from insults and condescension to violence and death, and yet because of their strength and their responses to these challenges, the characters do not come across as victims. […]Read more "Oppression and Agency: Opposing Themes in Uncle Tom’s Children"
As a white person, I have recently become increasingly aware of how much privilege I have. Growing up, racism was not something I thought about much. I grew up in a very homogeneous area. In elementary school, I was the “token minority” because I was Jewish, which in hindsight is absurd. I did not make […]Read more "Reflection: Increasing My Understanding of Race"
I was fascinated with our conversation with the Bassett medical students last Thursday about opioid addiction and heroin use. It was wonderful to hear their perspectives, both from a scientific angle as well as their own personal experience. The topic of heroin addiction is challenging, however very relevant to the community we live in. Our […]Read more "Reflection on Our Conversation with the Bassett Medical Students"
In reflecting on this class and its content throughout the semester, I’ve found that the knowledge and experience I’ve learned have been applied to situations I’ve encountered outside of the classroom. One instance that comes to mind is during the Emerging Scholars Symposium for Material Culture in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday April 23, 2016. The […]Read more "Confronting Museums and Myself"
During the semester we have addressed a variety of identities and forms of activism. One recurring aspect of class is when we try to connect the event of the past with what we as a society are experiencing today. How can museums be a component for change in a world dealing with so many controversial […]Read more "This is How Museums Make a Difference"