Alexander Graham Bell is best known for inventing the telephone, a device that has connected mankind on a global scale since its conception. Strangely enough, this same man spent a portion of his life working to keep people apart. Bell was a firm believer in eugenics, which has been defined as the science of better […]Read more "Inventor and Oppressor: Alexander Graham Bell, Eugenics, and the Deaf Community"
Last week’s discussion brought back a lot of memories for me. The discussion of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates started with the author’s experience of the education system. Reading this section made me reflect on the experiences I faced during my primary education. As a military brat, I moved a […]Read more "Reflection: Crossing the Bridge of Education"
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."
Knowledge and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders continues be on the rise. The United States measures the incidence at 1 in 68 children now, up from 1 in 150 in 2000 . Museums are beginning to do their part by creating programming specifically designed to suit the needs of children, and families of children with […]Read more "Autism in the Museum: A Case Study of the BEST Program at the Museum of Science-Boston"
In his 1903 masterwork The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote movingly and incisively about the educational systems he encountered as a student, teacher, scholar, and activist. As a child in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a college student at Fisk, a graduate student at Harvard, and a college professor at Wilberforce and Atlanta University, […]Read more "Separate Schools and the Legacy of Brown"
As an emerging museum professional, I am always glad when museums and arts organizations are able to continue the learning process after a program is complete. I like being able to go to a film or an exhibit or a lecture and follow it up with a resource that leads me to more information on that […]Read more "Learning more about Jim Crow"
Is Art Spiegelman’s Maus appropriate for children? How do you teach children about tough topics like the Holocaust? When is it appropriate to teach children about the parts of history, and the parts of the present, that are messy, ugly, and violent? What is appropriate? These were some of the questions that came up in […]Read more "Think of the Children! Tough Issues and Age Appropriateness"
I first encountered “Maus I” years ago in the juvenile section of my local public library, having not read it but knowing the premise of the graphic novel. The book made me think about how I would educate my children about difficult topics in history. This question has again arisen as I have become a […]Read more "Softening the Blow – Maus, The Holocaust Museum, and the Representation of History"
When I enter a museum – I can put on one of two hats. I can be the budding museum professional my graduate program is preparing me to be or I can suspend my disbelief and morph into a casual museum visitor. One allows me the freedom to examine exhibitions with a critical eye and […]Read more "When Teaching Becomes Tricky"
One April morning in 2004 it was announced that George W. Bush would be coming to speak in Buffalo. Adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq since the very start, several classmates and I decided that we wanted to go and protest in front of Kleinhans Music Hall, where he was speaking. Unfortunately, I was […]Read more "My Activist Life"