W.E.B. Du Bois coined the term “double consciousness” at the turn of the twentieth century. The concept describes the feeling of possessing more than one social identity and the subsequent difficulty in developing a unified sense of self.  Since reading this at the beginning of the semester, the idea of double consciousness has permeated […]Read more "The Double Consciousness of Disability"
I rarely have a “normal” visit to the doctor. A regular visit introduces phrases such as “huh, well, perhaps you should try wearing a heart monitor for a few weeks” or “I have never seen these frostbite-like symptoms before.” With one exception, my doctors have provided me with medicine to treat my symptoms without getting […]Read more "The Golden Rule"
You laugh to show happiness. Your tears signify sorrow. You demonstrate compassion through your hugs and gentle touches. Society has constructed how we are expected to convey our emotions to others. These constructions are so ingrained in our society that the medical community uses emotional cues to detect the early signs of disability. The stories […]Read more "Not So Lost in a World of Emotion"
Immigration policy is a contested and challenging issue that continues to shape the United States as a nation with profound effects on the individuals that hope to gain opportunities in America. According to America in Progress there are1.3 million undocumented Asian immigrants in America. Asian Americans have played a significant role in advocating for immigration reform and […]Read more "Misguided Opportunities: The Undocumented Immigrant Experience"
I never felt particularly close to my name growing up. For some inexplicable reason I didn’t feel like a “Carly.” Now I like it and I feel it connects me to my grandpa Carl, the inspiration for my name. Although he has passed away, I am reminded of him everyday when somebody calls for me […]Read more "The Name Game: Naming and Identity"
On October 30, 2011, the National Portrait Gallery opened its first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of sexual differences in modern American portraiture. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. Hide/Seek takes a historical approach, beginning […]Read more "Hide/Seek: Raising Awareness of AIDS Through Art"
In the introduction of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Jennifer Boylan notes how diverse the transgender community is: “If I’ve met over 5,000 transgender people, I’ve probably heard 5,000 different explanations of what it means to be trans, and what our defining experiences are.”  However, there are common challenges that transgender individuals face. Advocates such […]Read more "The Diversity of the Transgender Experiences"
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America features Roy M. Cohn, a fictionalized version of a real right-wing lawyer who stood center stage in the American politics of the Cold War. Roy Cohn was, in life as in the play, a complex figure full of contradictions. A precocious and arrogant young man, he graduated from Columbia Law […]Read more "Untangling Roy Cohn"
Identity is a combination of many factors, such as family, culture, economic status, and community. Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian showcases the strong relationship between identity and place; each affect each other and help to shape Junior and his path in life. Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation […]Read more "Competing Identities in Conflicting Spaces"
Alcatraz Island is located 188 miles from my home in northern California. As a child, I visited the site a few times on school field trips, and have since been twice as an adult. Each time I was there I had a positive experience learning about the history of the island as a prison. What […]Read more "Alcatraz, The Birthplace of the Native American Red Power Movement"