This week’s class discussion on Latino immigration to the United States was probably the most personal for me so far. As a descendent of Mexican immigrants who grew up in California, I’ve always been surrounded by this topic, both consciously and subconsciously. What struck me about our readings and discussion was the role that identity […]Read more "Identity and Immigration"
In 2010 the Center for the Future of Museums produced a report “Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums” which examined the demographic trends in the U.S. and how to represent Latinos in the museums and encourage them to visit the museums.1 Museum professionals realize that they need to find creative ways to engage these […]Read more "CelebrARTE: Culturally Accessible Programs for Latinos"
For most Americans the images of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Angel Island have become iconic depictions of brave immigration stories. These images tell a tale of people dreaming of starting over in a better place than they left, but in reality often finding an incredible struggle for acceptance, and at times facing […]Read more "Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom"
Last Tuesday’s class reminded me of how much I love watching movies, which in turn reminded me of the several movies I have seen that depict people living with disabilities. Movies such as The Other Sister, Gattaca, I Am Sam, Temple Grandin, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Radio, Sling Blade, […]Read more "Cinema and Disability"
Class discussion on Tuesday, March 24th left me with quite a few unanswered questions about the nature of humanity and science. We discussed our perceived differences between historians and scientists. Are historians inherently more introspective, pessimistic about the world, and more willing to discuss the dark side of society than scientists? I wanted to know […]Read more "Scientists and Society"
I left last Tuesday’s discussion ready to more deeply discuss disability/ability as it relates to eugenics. While all of our conversations are respectful, this topic began to ignite some debate towards the end of class. A contentious point was how modern medicine does or does not factor into the disability and eugenics discussion. Should science […]Read more "Humanity Before Perfection"
In looking at fiction, we read between the lines and stumble upon threads hinting at another story. If we investigate these hinted stories, we find they are filled with richness, depth, and a life all their own. In looking past the glimpses of working Latina women in fiction and finding the real stories of Latina […]Read more "Between the Lines: Latina Women Working in the United States"
Every day we hear about the loss of jobs in America. Congress, the President, legislators, all assure us they are creating new jobs and addressing the alarming unemployment rate. At the same time, people use the media to claim that the decline in jobs is due to an increase in Mexican and Latin American immigration. They […]Read more "The Great Job Debate"
“A few months later, they were ready to rent a house in a nice neighborhood in Jersey. The government had helped them out with some emergency funds… Instead of being cramped up in someone else’s apartment with rattling pipes and damp plaster walls that seemed ready to fall in, they had a three-story house with […]Read more "The Cracks in the Chain: The Immigration Story of Cuban Americans"
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"