Tag Archives: social change

Ornament of the World

Menocal, María Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. Little, Brown and Company: Boston, 2002. 315. Harold Bloom’s foreword characterizes the book as “poignant” but also “to some degree…an idealization.” … Continue reading

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Political Labels

I had a perspective-changing conversation in a laundry room late at night in my first year of college, a conversation to which I continually refer. Though my conversant and I touched on many topics, the tidbit we both remember vividly … Continue reading

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Consciously Being Conscious to Consciousness

I believe a year ago was the first official contact I’d had with academic study of consciousness. I’ve been immersed for the last three days in an interdisciplinary conference on consciousness and thus have had quite the education. The conference … Continue reading

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

March 1st was the Faith and Peace Day at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was the first keynote speaker, and his entrance was as jovial and comfortable as the rest of his time on stage. … Continue reading

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Open the Door: Feminist Philosophy

I’ve managed to tell a tale or two from two classes on my anthropology and philosophy days, but no stories from my other two classes made it to the blog before classes ended. I apologize. Over the last four months, … Continue reading

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Open the Door: Social and Cultural Change

This semester, my classes segregate weekdays by discipline: anthropology and philosophy. Herein begins a series (“Open the Door”) hoping to capture the essence of my recent academic focuses. Anthro days begin with a class concerning the dynamics of social and … Continue reading

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