Throughout this semester we have covered a large array of topics. In all of our discussions we continually returned to the same conclusion; discussion is necessary to finding solutions to the issues discussed in class. This past week we covered two topics, disability history and the heroin issues both in our country and internationally. Both […]Read more "Reflection: Start a Conversation"
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."
One of the main struggles facing museums today is determining the best way to represent different cultures when creating an exhibit. As more museums shift to include different community stories, this becomes a challenge to create an accurate depiction of the culture. One solution has been including members of the community to work with the […]Read more "Voices Growing Louder: Native American History Told Their Way"
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"
I really enjoyed last week’s class – the movie and discussion with Bassett students brought an interesting dimension to the reading that we did. The theme throughout all of these that really stuck with me was identity, and how that can manifest itself and change and be difficult to define. Coming away from the movie […]Read more "Remembering Childhood Through Music"
How does food affect your identity? In yesterday’s class, we discussed immigrant’s experiences and the importance of food. Several people shared stories of how food has influenced their lives and identities. Food is such a big part of our lives, and yet many times we don’t realize its importance until we move to a different […]Read more "Salmon Strips, Peanut Butter, and Salt Potatoes: Food and Identity"
The Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America helped celebrate the museum’s 35 year history while also looking at concepts of Chinese identity in America. Open from September 25, 2014 to March 1, 2015, the exhibition examined the museum’s history, how the organization has changed, […]Read more "Community and Collaboration in Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving"
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"