This semester we had the opportunity as a class to participate in Collaborated Online International Learning; also known as the COIL project. Upon introduction to this project I was both excited and hesitant to move forward. The primary reason for hesitation was the knowledge that I was expected to communicate clearly with an individual whose […]Read more "Reflection: COIL"
When I was first introduced to the Collaborated Online International Learning (COIL), I was extremely nervous about interacting with native Spanish speaker since I do not speak Spanish myself. After getting into contact with my COIL partners, all of those concerns faded. Each one was decently fluent in English and even if they were unable […]Read more "Reflection: Coil"
Every time I find myself discussing ability I grasp onto some new concept that I want to understand further. During our class discussion on ability I was intrigued by differing perceptions of ability and how they relate to identity. Identity is always an interesting topic, is it something we place upon ourselves or something assigned to […]Read more "Reflection: Ability"
Discussing racial relations and issues is never an easy subject to dive into. As a white woman, the conflicts and experiences described by Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me were almost unfathomable. While the current political climate has opened my eyes to many of the injustices people of color still face in modern society, hearing […]Read more "Reflection: Between the World and Me"
The novel An Anthropologist on Mars explores seven different tales focusing primarily on individuals with disabilities and how they perceive and flourish in the world that surrounds them. The very first tale Oliver Sacks explores is the tale of an artist who loses the ability to distinguish color after getting into an accident. At first, he only […]Read more "Celebrating a Vision"
Race is a difficult subject to discuss, said Captain Obvious, making the understatement of the year. When he had our discussion in class about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, I feel like we managed to dance around race by talking about it through other lenses. These were important lenses – the relationship between […]Read more "Reflection: Avoiding the Conversation"
As a child, I had very poor eyesight and had to wear glasses. When I had eye surgery in 2015 to correct my vision, it was a major change in my life. Before the surgery, I couldn’t really conceive what it would be like not to wear glasses. For about a year after the surgery, […]Read more "Seeing and Believing: Art, Vision, and Identity in The Case of the Colorblind Painter"