Last Thursday was a big day. Here at the graduate program, we welcomed interviewees from across the country as they got a first-hand look at what we do in Cooperstown. It was also a big day for the Friends of the National Latino Museum. As of last Thursday, they had 100,000 followers on Twitter.  Maria […]Read more "Building an American Latino Museum"
Last class we read “The Fire Next Time”[i] by James Baldwin and the “Autobiography of Malcolm X”[ii]. These two readings highlighted in great detail the social differences between blacks and whites and how those differences, in their opinion, should be dealt with. I couldn’t help but think back to reading the book “Black Like Me”[iii] […]Read more "Social Construct in Need of Deconstruction: Race"
“And even without clucking like a hen Everyone gets noticed, now and then, Unless, of course, that personage should be Invisible, inconsequential me!”[i] These lyrics from the popular musical “Chicago” came to mind as I read the readings for this week’s class on the topic of Latino Americans. Seemingly caught between two worlds, Latinos are […]Read more "Invisible, Inconsequential…me?"
History has always loved a bad boy. As a woman, there is something that draws you to a rebellious, take-charge kind of man. The history of the “wild west” has more stories of these confident and adventurous men than I can name in this post. America’s western pioneers are generally remembered as a rag tag […]Read more "Billy the Kid and other related stories…"
“In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz  Put yourself in the shoes of a fourth grader. You are part of a bilingual program that starts in Kindergarten and teaches […]Read more "Creativity, Curiosity, Communication"
So, I was born on a Wednesday. I don’t know what that says about the following, but maybe this old poem might shed some light. Part of taking the course on Class, Race, and Gender at the Cooperstown Graduate Program entails paying attention to current events, so that we can place them in historical context. Unfortunately, […]Read more "Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe"
During the summer of 2010, I had one of the strongest “museum moments” I have ever experienced, and it was a painful one. I was interning at a museum in Connecticut, and every week the other interns and I would load into a van and drive to another museum around New England. We would speak […]Read more "Seeing Race at the Mashnatucket Pequot Museum"
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…” A more famous speech was never heard in the United States. It is a speech that encompasses the entirety of the Civil Rights Movement, a speech written to change the world. And change the […]Read more "“Vitality and Courage”: The Visual Fight For Civil Rights"
“The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power.”  “When a white man faces a black man, especially if the black man is helpless, terrible things are revealed.”  We recently witnessed one of these “terrible things” in the life and death of Trayvon Martin. James Baldwin and […]Read more "Trayvon Martin: Someday We’ll All Be Free"
This week for class, we read the works of two men known for their writings about racism and the African American experience: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Malcolm X’s autobiography. In their works they describe the transformational periods in their lives that […]Read more "Malcolm X and James Baldwin: Two Journeys to Truth"