The Documentation of War

The dominant narrative tells and shows us that war looks like... WW1. WW2. Vietnam War. Bombs. Guns. Men. Death. Enemies. Tension. Glory. Honor. Power. Protection. National security. Memorials. Veterans. Social Mobility. Beyond the romanticized documentation of war, war is scary as it affects everyone and all aspects of life. The US is an empire that [...]

Asian American in the Time of Coronavirus

tw//death and violence Last month, an Asian American family, including a two year old and a six year old, were stabbed in a Sam's Club because they were thought to be carriers of the coronavirus. I remember reading the news and shaking it fear, realizing just how bad it was going to get from here [...]

The Pros of Distance Learning

The University of Phoenix became the first institution to launch a fully online collegiate institution that offered both bachelors and master’s degrees in 1989. According to the United States Department of Education, 15.7% of American postsecondary students took exclusively distance education courses in 2017. Distance learning is not a new concept.   However, as a [...]

Week 3: Above or Below

Our last week of Women in Film revolved around films' relationships to metaphors, meaning, and truth, as well as the division between those work above or below the line within the film industry. Through analyzing Maya Deren's Statement of Principles, we interacted with the idea that what makes humans different from other animals is the ways [...]

Do White People Suck at Irony?

As we enter the third week of class, a pattern I’ve noticed in our discussions of white consumerism in hip hop is a consistent misconstruing of the racial navigation of white artists. I understand that’s a mouthful. To put this issue in context, let’s go back to 1986. It’s November. Artists such as the Sugar [...]

Week 2: Women Auteurs Moving Beyond Transnational Boundaries

Our focus for week two was looking at women auteurs, or women film creators who are considered the authors of their films and have injected their style into the works, whose films have moved beyond transnational boundaries. Our primary films for this week were Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Věra Chytilová's Daisies, Agnès Varda's Faces Places, and Nadine Labaki's Caramel. Each one of [...]

Distance Learning from the Perspective of an Extroverted Student

The coronavirus epidemic has thrown a considerable number of curveballs into my plans for early 2020, as I am sure most readers have experienced. On March 3rd, an email announcing the cancellation of Colorado College’s Semester Abroad in France incited the most unpredictable and dynamic 40 days of my life. I traveled from France to [...]

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