Carta a mi sobrino en el centenario de la declaración de emancipación

Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation by James Baldwin, 1963 Gustavo Carvajal, translator Byron Alaff, illustrator CARTA A MI SOBRINO EN EL CENTENARIO DE LA DECLARACION DE EMANCIPACION. [1] Traducción y comentario por Gustavo J. Carvajal A. Querido James: He empezado a escribir esta carta cinco veces, y cinco veces la he roto…

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Mixed Up Real Good

Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle As a woman of mixed race – Mexican, Jewish, and African-American, among many ancestries – I am interested in the effects of cultural confluence. Informed by observation, research, and lived experience, Emilia engages with identity as something both constructed and innate; identity as an element of her self that she reveres and…

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Feature: Migration Lens

Marina Murayama Nir Mila, Samantha, and Stephanie moved to the U.S. via Quito, Ecuador and Tijuana, Mexico in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies in music performance. Mila (viola) and Samantha (cello) came to Western Illinois University as part of the International String Quartet residency program. Samantha found out about the quartet scholarship through her sister,…

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Three Nights Two Days

Meditations on death, grief, and resilience Rebecca Bacon Ehlers Among the Gouin people of Burkina Faso, funerals are only held when an old person has died. They are, in a very real way, a celebration of the person’s life and of life in general. People dance and drink millet beer and sing for three nights…

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The Remains of Chagos

  Jessica Davis For a population that is intertwined with so many news outlets, from television to social media, it’s pretty shocking how sheltered the American population is from the atrocities that the U.S. government commits. There are, of course, issues that have received attention, as they should, like the North Dakota pipeline situation, or…

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Bleached / Unbleach

Rebecca Bacon Ehlers Every human culture is supported by a skeleton of essential values. Like a living creature’s bones, this system is easily felt but cannot be seen. In this series of multimedia experiments, white culture’s particular system of values, which includes, among other things, hierarchy, analysis through categorization,  and individuality, is interrogated through performance. History…

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