Welcome, to my humanities blog, and please let me guide you through this website.
The background artwork, or the artefact of my blog, is taken by me in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. This is part of Tanzio da Varallo’s portrayal, Saint Sebastian, created during 1620/1630. It depicts the Bible story of Saint Sebastian being rescued by angels after his persecution as a Christian under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The thing that strikes me most is the arrow that penetrates straight through his right chest with fresh blood stain. The angel tries to pull out the arrow, but she cannot stop the wound from bleeding, and the hole it pierced will never heal. That’s the pain after one being persecuted for being the righteous–it will never heal.
That leads to the theme throughout my personal blog–“trauma”, generated by inequality, identity issues, holocaust, genocide, oppression, separation, loss of freedom, etc. All righteousness comes after a serious of suffering and pain. They progress us, but traumatise us as well, and the trauma that penetrates us will never heal itself, because it has already burnt a hole in our memories. Nothing in the future can recompense for the past’s mistake, not even a better society. That’s the saddest of all.
Readers, in this website, you will find my working progress for Humanities: Connection and Conflicts. That includes my own definition for revolution and humanities, the two major themes of this class, my synthesis papers, my unit posts, my art presentation, my involvement in theatre, and finally, something completely new and shocking. You’ll see the world through my pessimistic eyeballs, and you’ll see all.
- Hope you enjoy.
The books, poems, articles, images, and films:
- Angela Davis, “Recognising Racism in an Era of Neoliberalism”.
- Frankfurt, “On Bullshit”.
- Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others.
- Lewis, Aydin, and Powell, March 2.
- Lydia Chukovskaya, Sofia Petrovna.
- Marcus Wicker, “Reparations Metric Ending in Assisted Schadenfreude”.
- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Never Look Away (2018).
- Zbynek Brynych, The Fifth Horseman is Fear.
- Back the Night, written by Melinda Lopez, directed by Dr. Sharon Green, presented by Davidson College Theatre Department.
- Ming Peiffer, Usual Girls.
- Hilary Bettis, Ghosts of Lote Bravo.
- Kristen Greenidge, Milk Like Sugar.
- Jay DeFeo, “Summit Ridge Drive NO. 2”.
Professors teaching this course:
- Dr. Scott Denham
- Dr. Carol Quillen
- Dr. Dave Robb
- Dr. Yurika Tamura
- Dr. Anne Wills
- Dr. Alison Bory
- Dr. Greta Munger
- Dr. Amanda Ewington
My friends working on the collaborative piece:
- Luna Jerjees
- Isabel Nowak
- Erica Harris
- Reem Fakhoury