“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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Escape, Adventure, and Dystopias: Snow Like Ashes

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I have always found that books can be an excellent form of escape from the real world. When life gets too hectic or upsetting, they provide an alternate narrative for one to be a part of. Books allow us to forget our everyday troubles for a while by sending our minds on adventures that we might not ever dream of. I know that this year has not been easy for some, so I wanted to…

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#dresshowyoulike

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It’s eight in the morning. My alarm rings. I hit snooze a few times before I throw back the covers and roll out of bed. Then, I go through my morning routine to get ready for another day of classes. I usually pick an outfit to wear that makes me feel confident, comfortable, or lately, warm. Getting ready for the day is a habitual and rather thoughtless process that—until last week— I had not thought…

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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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