Self-identity can be a difficult issue to decode. Minority groups in the Untied States are frequently not afforded the same resources and opportunities given to their white counterparts, especially in regards to housing and education. This results in many individuals becoming torn between upward mobility and opportunities in society, and staying near their families and true to […]Read more "Identity Crisis: Leaving Home to Find a Home"
Growing up, I split my time between the cities of Spokane and Moses Lake, Washington. Both have long and complex histories with the indigenous tribes of the region, many of which no longer exist and the others were forced to relocate to reservations. I was always aware of the reservation, yet the history I was […]Read more "Ignored Narratives: Telling the Stories of 21st Century Native Americans"
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. Adults find it even harder to discuss issues of racial and ethnic identity 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 […]Read more "Learning About Each Other: Interpreting Culture for Children"
I knew Jacqueline Woodson’s book Brown Girl Dreaming was going to be something special when I saw the three stickers for its Caldecott Award, Newberry Honor Award, and National Book Award on the cover. The praise printed within the covers and personally expressed to me set a high bar. I wasn’t prepared, however, for how I […]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 and flourished in Europe for centuries before becoming a worldwide hodgepodge of creation as globalization occurred. 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 more in line with American perceptions of beauty. Such perceptions elevate non-Jewish European women’s features above my sister’s Ashkenazi Jewish ones. Similarly, […]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"