“Dark Humor” and the Facilitation of Hatred

By: Elizabeth Collins. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Power of Language Ideologies” 1. Introduction Although social media outlets such as Reddit promote participatory media practices which provide grounds for productive, democratic discourse, these sites also have the potential to foster discourses of hatred against marginalized groups, especially given the anonymity these sites…

Thought Control in Brazil and Parable of the Sower

By: Rian Van Tassell. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “Dystopia on the Page, Stage, and Screen” “Until one of them becomes a leader most will follow, or a tyrant most fear.” (Butler 103). In reading dystopian novels, one may begin to wonder why a character makes certain choices or realize that sometimes characters…

We Are Our Own Demise: the Risk of Ignorance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

By: Annalie Buscarino. Written as part of the course “Intro to American Literature” “Don’t run no resk,” Jim warns Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ironically, both Jim and Huck, among other renowned literary characters, actively court risk into their own lives.The characters of the books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain,…

The Ineffable Self and Memory in “Mrs. Dalloway”

By: Emily Holt. Literature has the ability to act as a vehicle through which the effects of consciousness can be explored. The limitations and influences of individual consciousness inherently prove to be obstructions in the pursuit of a true connection with another being; sharing thought and experience within the context of what it means to…

The Inspiration for Social Change

By: Eman Simms. Written as part of the course “Renaissance Drama” For centuries, theatre has been a centerpiece for expression. Whether used as a means of conveying religious ideology, moral character, novel ideas, or just pure entertainment, theatre has become an antique artform that has gained exceptional appreciation as well as numerous amounts of criticism….

The Effects of Google on Our Minds

  By: Amanda Gabriel Featured artwork: “Reflection” by Anna Watts.   Growing up in the “Electronic Age,” I have witnessed and experienced many of the vast developments and discoveries in the field of technology. With new computerized advancements being made each day, more traditional practices are being converted to online forms, such as printed literature…

Outsider

By: Saoirse Featured artwork: “Liminal” by Alicia Legard   What does it mean to be an outsider? It means I don’t belong. It means I have to explain the complicated story of my name every single time I introduce myself. It means I shiver under four layers of clothing when everyone else is wearing short-sleeve…

Seeing is Caring

By: Daniel Teano Featured artwork: “Fatal Isolation” by Rachel Rahm   No one can deny nature’s beauty. When the morning sun overcomes the night, fortunate spectators are stunned in amazement. Amidst nature’s canvas, they stand convinced that the morning sky strikes an equally powerful sensation to everyone around the world. Certainly, images such as the sunrise…