“‘Tis a Strange Truth”: Reading Race, Humanity, and Othello

I come to Othello through a twisted confluence of experiences that I now take as proof of this play's potential relevance to modern readers. Whenever I entertain the idea of reading Shakespeare, I feel the burden of attempting to experience something too meaningful for me to appreciate...and so I don't. But these mis-starts have served to make me well-versed in the meaning of pretense. And after years of study and avoidance, I am convinced that to understand the texts by, with, through, and around which we fashion our lives, we would do well to understand the pretext that always accompanies the phenomena of reading and being read.

Branching Out: Maya Aphornsuvan as a Summer Thai-language Voice of America

One year in and Sowing the Seed is proving itself as a generative space for students to become producers—and not just consumers—of knowledge. Throughout the semester, we’re taking a look back to see what some of our students have been up to since participating in our student-scholar collaborative magazine. Maya Aphornsuvan reflects on a summer internship that left her positively wanting to explore the possibilities for discussing religion and culture in the media.

REL 101 (WCH): Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview

What if the study of religion started with the African American experience? Instead of privileging a specific tradition, this course examines the history of a people who came to a new world compelled to quickly learn the significance of "religion" itself. We will follow along by plumbing the depths of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, listening to … Continue reading REL 101 (WCH): Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview

Watching The Central Park Five @Etowncollege

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a "wolfpack."  The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story … Continue reading Watching The Central Park Five @Etowncollege