Who is ultimately in charge?

Author Rachel Bird

Photoshop, Instagram, and the “Ideal Life”

I studied photography for 4 years in high school, so I was particularly interested in Tanya Sheenan’s discussion of Photoshop as a cultural tool and manipulation. In fine art photography, Photoshop is used mostly within the first context of editing… Continue Reading →

Anthropocentrism and Animal Rights

Although I was sometimes confused by the philosophy jargon in Keith Peterson’s presentation on The Anthropocentrism of the Anthropocene, I found that his central concepts regarding the impacts of the anthropocene and its title on humanity were quite relevant to our class… Continue Reading →

Italian Neo-avant-garde Poets and Emily Dickinson

Throughout Beppe Cavatorta’s lecture on “Nature and the Literature of the Italian Neo-Avante-Garde,” I was struck by the similarities between the poems he discussed and poems my “Emily Dickinson and English Poetry” class has analyzed. Although Dickinson wrote most of her poems over a… Continue Reading →

Gendered Witches and Violent Love in Ancient Poetry

In today’s cultural understandings, witches are seen as old hags, typically with warts on their noses. From Shakespeare’s depiction of Macbeth‘s three witches circling a caldron, to the purported broomsticked witches of the Salem Witch Trials, western conceptions of witches have… Continue Reading →

Transhumanism and the Anthropocene: human/nature/technology/”the future”

Alvin Toffler, an American writer and Futurist, said that “the great growing engine of change [is] technology” (Toffler). However, Toffler did not specify exactly what it is that technology is changing – the environment? The economy? Humanity itself? In their… Continue Reading →

Human/Nature or “human nature”

Initially, I found Charles Traub’s presentation on his street portraits to be slightly irrelevant to the “Human/Nature” theme of the course. Traub’s initial black and white landscape photos captured the aesthetic beauty of the natural world, and clearly embodied the… Continue Reading →

Justifying Futurism

Initially, I was baffled by professor Gianluca Rizzo’s description of Futurism. It seemed unthinkable that someone would advocate for violent war as a way to create utopia. Parts of Futurism – the emphasis on fighting blandness, the wacky clothing –… Continue Reading →

Ana Carden-Coyle and WWI Hospitals

During my sophomore year of high school I was seriously injured during gymnastics practice, and had to have multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy to repair my left arm. The time I spent in the hospital made Ana Carden-Coyle’s… Continue Reading →

Food Fears: Refrigeration and GMOs

My entire life, I have refrigerated my soy milk. Because I buy it refrigerated, I always assumed it had to be refrigerated (plus, I think it tastes better cold). I had a minor existential crisis during Nicola Twilley’s talk, when she revealed… Continue Reading →

This week’s lecture was particularly interesting to me, given my background as a studio art major. I have learned about the Italian Renaissance from an art history perspective, but I have never heard the term mimetic used in the in-depth… Continue Reading →

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