Fear can be a deadly poison. It spreads quietly and without warning for reasons we cannot always understand. It tears us apart from loved ones, and keeps out all other emotions: joy, anger, remorse, grief. Few understand fear’s silent power like victims of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a disease just as poisonous as the fear […]Read more "“Don’t you think I’m handling this well?”: Angels in America and the AIDS Stigma"
Jennifer Finney Boylan is an author, an activist, a mother, and a transgender person. Like all Americans, her identity is complex. Boylan shares her experience of coming to terms with her identity in the memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Born as James Boylan in 1958, Jennifer internally knew her gender was […]Read more "“The dilemma of the transsexual”"
We all have things about ourselves that we wish we could change. For transgender people, this anxiety is amplified by the disconnect between the inner being and physical body. While reading Jennifer Finney Boylan’s She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, I was struck by the on-going process the character takes from child to […]Read more "Transition: A Universal Experience"
Rereading Angels in America, a scene I had never noticed before really stuck out to me. In Act 1, Scene 7, Prior and Harper meet in one of Prior’s feverish dreams. The experiences they share, namely their lovers’ betrayal and their sicknesses, enable them to recognize each other without having every met. Harper and Prior […]Read more "“This is the very threshold of revelation sometimes.”"
This week we read An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks. In the book Sacks looks at seven different cases of people who are not “normal.” Each person written about has something that, as a society, people might find off or that shows quite clearly how little we understand about the brain. One man lost […]Read more "Musuems and Laerning Disadilitys"
Idealists often hope for more change than they get. Lisa Jo Rudy is a museum professional whose son is on the autism spectrum. She learned a lot about autism as a result, and focused on the strengths autistic people have.  These strengths make a natural fit for interacting with a museum, and Rudy […]Read more "Where Do We Go from Here?: Aspirations and Outcomes in Autism in the Museum"
Judith Scott, born in 1943, spent 35 years separated from her family in an institution of the State of Ohio. She was born with Down syndrome and lost her hearing as a baby due to Scarlet Fever. With her deafness undiagnosed, when she was tested for schools at age 7 they determined she was severely […]Read more "Creative Growth"