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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Misperceiving Privilege and its Role

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In the early 20th century United States, racial privilege was well established, and Zora Neale Hurston examined perceptions and misperceptions of privilege in her book, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston’s novel was so controversial, largely due to her examination of privilege and its intersectionality. Janie, the protagonist, is a woman of color, and an independent one at that. Her oppressions, both from being a person of color and a woman, are highlighted throughout the…

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