“Alternative Facts” and the Humanities

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I have been concerned about “alternative facts” even before that term got popularized in the last month or two. I have studied African American culture for the past two decades, and I have learned how the history of racism was (and is) built on a series of “alternative facts”: whites are smarter than blacks, blacks are lazy, black bodies are weaker or stronger, blacks are violent, etc. These alternative facts become the narratives that shape…

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A statement from members of the Drury Community who stand with refugees and immigrants

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We, the undersigned members of the Drury University community, stand by our Muslim students, colleagues, neighbors, and friends. We abhor the executive order signed by the president, January 27, 2017 – which suspends the entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days; stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely; bars entry of immigrants and refugees into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries; and imposes a religious test…

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Learning From the Experiences of Others – A Review of “Living on One Dollar”

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I’ve always enjoyed living vicariously through documentary filmmakers who put themselves at some sort of risk to tell a story. But I felt a sense of apprehension about watching Living on One Dollar, an hour-long film that follows four American college students who embark on an eight-week long journey to live among locals in rural Guatemala. My premonitions about Living on One Dollar were due, largely in part, to cynical feelings I have toward well-off…

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The Power of a Women’s Voice – The Story of Malala Yousafzai

In I Am Malala, The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani female education activist, recounts the Taliban takeover of Swat Valley. Through this moving memoir, Malala tells the story of her fight for education, and brings to light many issues that girls in Pakistan are currently facing today. In this story of sacrifice and heroism, Malala, through unrelenting determination, and courage in the face of…

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