Baby Mine: Tim Burton’s Dumbo (Now, Then, And Revisited In May 2020)

~~~~~~ In November 2019, I started this essay by with the following opening paragraph: “Reviews are in for Tim Burton’s 2019 version of Dumbo and I am so glad that I ignored them and saw the film anyway.  After viewing more than once, and going back to review the original 1941 movie, I am that much … Continue reading Baby Mine: Tim Burton’s Dumbo (Now, Then, And Revisited In May 2020)

Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

~~~~~~ The dust does settle as we all reluctantly become more accustomed to the COVID19 pandemic with its shocks and aftershocks.  Some are handling it better than others, true.  No matter what, we are all doing our best.  And yet, the specter of racism and scapegoating casts a looming shadow over everyone’s attempts to manage … Continue reading Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

~~~ If you are reading this you are more than likely not a racist.  You may be monolingual and/or somewhat culturally sheltered.  You may not be.  Whatever your subject position as you read this essay is, you’re here because its title called to you.  You do care when you  see news stories about anti-Chinese sentiment. … Continue reading It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

Let’s Talk About Sex: New Entries In My Book Corner

~~~~~ “A history of sexuality runs the risk of confirming popular fears that academics are capable of ruining even the most simple of pleasures” –Stephen Garton, Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to Sexual Revolution It’s a testament to the fact that I, to my dying breath, am and will remain an academic, but frankly, the above-quoted from … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex: New Entries In My Book Corner

Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph

*** Just like anything else, notions related to the body bear repeated viewings and engagement from different perspectives. Unthinkingly, we get up in the morning and notice (or not) aches or stiffness. Maybe we feel beautiful, or perhaps we hear a chorus of internal criticisms that stem from messages about weight and age and ability … Continue reading Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph