Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger, 1959

May 2nd, 2016

Much is expected of the black man in America–perhaps, too much. Even in a world that claims to be free of prejudice and hate, citizens of color must lead their lives with a certain type of awareness.... [Continue Reading]

The Greek actor Thymios Karakatsanis acting at the play the "Death of a Salesman" (Radio City, Thessaloniki, Greece)
February, 2010 - Photo by: Pvasiliadis

May 8th, 2016
The American Dream–it is an amorphous phrase that millions of Americans aspire to without acknowledging a singular definition. The fact of the matter is, the dream holds vastly different meanings to different types of people, and this dissension is altogether strategic...... [Continue Reading]

View from the Stowe Pinnacle - Vermont in May, 2014

January 20th, 2015
As I pulled my weight over that last rock, I realized we had made it. The view was spectacular, but instead of just sit and enjoy it, my family and I pulled out our phones to take pictures. When I decided to post the photo online later, I found myself conflicted..... [Continue Reading]

"The Gleaners" by Jean-François Millet - 1855 (Public Domain)

March 18th, 2016
There are many ways to discuss social issues in documentary film, but if the filmmaker is to succeed he or she must both inform and entertain the viewer. Some approaches to film making may call for a serious approach, but these objective methods can also leave the viewer's relationship with the subject matter cold and distant..... [Continue Reading]

1940s - Farmers Exchange co-op hatchery store keeper talks over business with customer - (Public domain via LOC)

March 12th, 2016
While Dardot & Laval’s text was certainly a challenge to read, it was an insightful experience. What I found most interesting was the ways it pushed up against my political views with meaningful and substantiated arguments..... [Continue Reading]

"The Custer Fight" by Charles Marion Russell -1903. Shows the Battle of Little Bighorn, from the Indian side. (Public Domain).

March 4th, 2016
The American experience at its essence, is one large experiment. Our character has been shaped by coming to accept many ways of thought, and our space contains a uniqueness that D.H. Lawrence once called an “alien quality” (Lawrence 1). In terms of democracy, this diversity of thought should be considered a success: rule of the people, the preference of no individual..... [Continue Reading]