Last week we watched the documentary Alive Inside, which explored the relationship of music and memory especially in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Apart from making me sob for two hours, the film made a fantastic argument for music as a simple way to drastically improve the quality of life for individuals with these diseases, […]Read more "Take A Dose of Culture and Call Me in the Morning"
Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibition produced by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and curated by Queering the Museum, explored the last 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Puget Sound region. The exhibition, which opened in February 2014 and ended in July of the same year, was the brainchild of Queering the Museum […]Read more "Revealing Queer: A Model for Inclusion in Museums"
During last week’s class we had an interesting discussion about Hispanic and Latin American immigration and how to tell those stories in museums and historic sites. One of the things that struck me the most about our discussion was the importance of place. On the one hand, I realized how important place was for shaping […]Read more "The Importance of Place"
“What are you?” The question that has launched a thousand uncomfortable sighs. For me, a woman who identifies as multiracial or mixed race, this question always produces anxiety. Not only does it lack tact, but this seemingly innocuous string of words forces me to confront and re-contextualize my identity every time. However, as I’ve gotten […]Read more "Anxiously Ambiguous"
Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees – “Strange Fruit”  The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed. Lulled by the […]Read more "Strange Resistance"