Photographs are powerful objects that take us back to certain memories and places, even if we do not know anyone in the photo. Lorna Simpson uses the power of images in recalling memories in much of her work. Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Simpson attended the High School of Art And Design and the […]Read more "Look at me: Photographs and Identity"
“I’m Socrates but my skin more chocolatey” -Kanye West, “See Me Now,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010 When we spoke about artistry and provocativeness last class, immediately my mind jumped to Kanye West. Most everybody in our class knows that I am an unapologetic Kanye lover. I love his music, his antics, his rants, […]Read more "An Artist & An Asshole: Deconstructing Kanye West"
Man, woman; African American, Asian; gay, straight; rich, poor. No matter where we are born in the world, we are assigned various classifications by which others can identify, relate to or alienate us. These identities become a part of who we are, and how we view ourselves. However, what happens when we are abused, mistreated, […]Read more "A Passing Identity: The Ellen Craft Story"
Many of us fully believe and trust in science, after all science has been responsible for discovering life saving medicines and eradicating diseases. It is tested and proven by highly educated individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the quality of the lives of all people. Scientists have made incredible discoveries for centuries that […]Read more "Dangerous Science: The Abuse of Human Rights Through Eugenics"
Reading about eugenics this week reminded me of this scene from The Great Gatsby. 1 I have included a shortened version of this scene from the book, published in 1925, below: “Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read ‘The Rise of the […]Read more "Eugenics, Class, and The Great Gatsby"
I can’t get into the habit of reading e-books. In fact, I can only read so much from a computer screen before I’m searching for the nearest print button. The idea of carrying books on an electronic device that weighs no more than two pounds and takes up less space than the latest edition of […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: What a Great Book(Cover)"
I have to admit, while reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the character of Myrtle Wilson made my stomach turn a bit. Although I saw the 1974 film adaptation of the book a few years ago, the most memorable scenes for me included Myrtle. In the film and the novel, she can be seen […]Read more "Myrtle Wilson: For Love or Money"
Children almost always push back against the identity their parents assign them. There were three short stories we read for this week in which children struggled with older generations to define their identities, both as Americans and as immigrants, as well as their notions of success and a good life. Although each story addressed these […]Read more "Who Are You?"
The visibility of lesbian culture in modern America is greater than ever before, however, it is plagued by stereotypes. The stereotypes run the gambit from the glamour of The L Word to the overly sexualized lesbian fantasy of the male sphere. Popular culture’s display of lesbian couples such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi […]Read more "Butch Today, Femme Tomorrow"
True or false: Domestic violence is not a problem in my hometown. While some might believe this to be a true statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 5.3 million women ages 18 and older are victimized by an intimate partner. One in four women faces physical, emotional, or sexual […]Read more "Living with the Enemy: Bringing Domestic Abuse into Public View"