The Importance of Place

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 […]

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Anxiously Ambiguous

“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 […]

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Strange Resistance

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” [1] The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed.  Lulled by the […]

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