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trigger warnings–again

Sincere question: why is anything that students want that requires that we think of them as humans deemed “privileged” “entitled” “coddled”? I’m really really getting frustrated with the number of educators–because yes, that is what we are when we work in universities; we’re not just researchers: we are EDUCATORS–that don’t want to acknowledge the humanity…… Continue reading trigger warnings–again

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies · pedagogy · Politics of Education · Teaching

Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

I came across this article as I was scrolling through Facebook a few days ago. Chiitaanibah Johnson, a Native American student, was expelled from class in a university for disagreeing with a professor who said that “genocide isn’t really what happened” to the indigenous population in North America. This professor also glossed over slavery and land theft…… Continue reading Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education

Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

One thing to sum up my experience reading this book: exhausting. Often when I read theory I wish there were more concrete examples, so I can make sure I understand the point trying to be made. Not so with Edward Said. He’s nothing but examples. Exhaustive examples. I got his point 30 pages in. This…… Continue reading Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

Ethnicity Studies · Politics of Education · Teaching

Empathy, and recognizing humanity

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin has to be one of my favorite stories, and it paired perfectly today with my need to discuss racism with my students. There’s a line where the narrator says, “My trouble made his real.” And, later, Sonny says, “And I don’t know how I played, thinking about it now, but…… Continue reading Empathy, and recognizing humanity

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education · Writing

Writerly Angst and Grappling with My Privilege

I’ve been unable to write much lately. Part of that is because of my depression and anxiety issues. Part of it is grad school burn out. Part of it is doubting the usefulness of my life’s pursuit. Part of it just comes from being overwhelmed with teacherly duties. And, part of it stems from the…… Continue reading Writerly Angst and Grappling with My Privilege

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education

Indians in Expected Places: Musings on Deloria and Canon Formation

I finished reading, not that long ago, Philip J. Deloria’s Indians in Unexpected Places. While I have known for a while that American Indians (and, really indigenous peoples all over the world) have had a larger role in cultural development and have participated in popular culture such as films, athletics, and music much more than…… Continue reading Indians in Expected Places: Musings on Deloria and Canon Formation