Jennifer Boylan is an author, an activist, and an educator. Her writing is about her life and experiences. At its core her work is about her identity. Jennifer is transgender, but her identity is more complex than just her gender identity. Jennifer was born James and began her transition in the early 2000s with the […]Read more "I am myself."
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"
The story of the immigrant is one that you can still hear today, but the story of changing identity can be a little harder to pin down. When does someone consider him or herself an American vs. when is one seen as an American? Is it when they are officially a citizen? When they participate […]Read more "Do as the Americans Do: Cultural Dialogue and Being American"
In class we talked about ways in which museums can connect the past with the present in discussing issues like immigration and racism. We talked about how the National Park Service is trying to identify Hispanic sites and how museum professionals may be able to interpret these sites to connect it with issues like immigration […]Read more "The Challenge: Connecting the Past with Present Social Justice Issues"
Is a museum a place where cultures go to die, or where they go to live? According to James Clifford, the answer is increasingly the latter. Museums are becoming places of cultural exchange, reciprocity, and contest. They are becoming contact zones, where cultures enter into ongoing relationships. According to Clifford, “When museums are seen as […]Read more "Creating the Future Through the Past"
Given Audrey’s post on the Texas textbook controversy several weeks ago, I was excited to see the issue pop up again, this time framed in an interesting context and with some connection to this week’s discussion. “Studies in Crap” is a weekly blog written by Alan Scherstuhl for The Pitch (a Kansas City news/entertainment/events website). […]Read more "Texas Textbooks Revisited"
Picture this: a small, typical, rural-for-New England town of about 5,000 people. Formerly agricultural, now a bedroom community for neighboring town’s industrial companies, the only development consists of two small shopping centers of about five buildings each. Zoning laws require that each property have two acres on the road, creating the illusion of a woodsy […]Read more "Welcome to the Emerald City"