Dismantling the Colonial Gaze: Photography as a Means of Empowerment in Africa

By Katia Barricklow As photography developed, many people saw images as a form of truth. Colonial photography, however, has contributed to gross misrepresentations of people in Africa. When Western nations colonized Africa, they used photography to exert control and domination, dehumanizing Africans. These photos were considered “documentary proof” that Africans needed to be saved from … Continue reading Dismantling the Colonial Gaze: Photography as a Means of Empowerment in Africa

Buddhism and Gender: From Mythology to the Present

By Helena Jordheim Known as Shakyamuni Buddha or Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha lived during the 400s BCE, and in that lifetime reached enlightenment, or nirvana. But even before the Buddha attained this title, he lived hundreds of previous lives which were recorded as part of the Buddhist texts. In the Buddhist mythology, the Avadāna stories … Continue reading Buddhism and Gender: From Mythology to the Present

China’s Investment in Africa: Genuine Aid or Concealed Imperialism?

By Palden Lhamo Africa’s relationship with the international community in terms of the dynamics of dependency and aid is not subject to frequent media attention. However, it is imperative that it should be highlighted upon. In this essay, the two referenced Economist articles discuss the growing surge of interest in diplomatic and trading relationships as … Continue reading China’s Investment in Africa: Genuine Aid or Concealed Imperialism?

Srugim: The Israeli F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Something More?

By Anushka Joshi The Israeli T.V. show Srugim was originally titled “Sex and the Holy City” but the American show it is more often compared to is “Friends.” Tracing the lives of a group of Orthodox friends who live in Jerusalem, Srugim is much more than that, and has become a cult classic of sorts … Continue reading Srugim: The Israeli F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Something More?

The Political Consequences of Neoclassical Economic Theory: A Close Look at the Minimum Wage

By Bee Kinstle The Minimum Wage Debate and the Failures of Neoclassical Economic Theory Neoclassical economic theory can be found in most Economics 101 courses at nearly every higher education institution worldwide. The study of exclusively neoclassical economic theory can, and does, lead students into a circular style of thinking where the end result is … Continue reading The Political Consequences of Neoclassical Economic Theory: A Close Look at the Minimum Wage

The Marriage

By Anushka Joshi Scott and Zelda once spent an hour In the revolving door of a hotel- Just another jazz age prank. Like jumping into the fountain at Union Square. Later the accusations The sanatoriums The burning to death  And the death by drowning  In endless glasses That reflected too well.  For now the mouth of misery  Was still muzzled.  Can you imagine them Turning and turning Echoing the earth in its orbit … Continue reading The Marriage

Anti-Abortion Propaganda is More Detrimental than Actual Abortions

By Kayla Santos “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth...To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain … Continue reading Anti-Abortion Propaganda is More Detrimental than Actual Abortions