Category Archives : politics


O, Buzzfeed, how I do love thee!

I recently got a comment on one of my posts at idreamwords, and guess what? The author shared this video with me! It’s super short and very entertaining, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard at least half of these. The ones I’m most familiar with: Where are you really from? (when I […]


Peer Review THIS

As an academic who deals with controversial subject matter myself, the recent “firing” of Dr. Steen Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign strikes a particularly sensitive chord for me. There are many reasons UIUC’s rescinded offer (as I understand it based on articles like this one published on Inside Higher Ed) seems wrong to […]


Breaking the Silence

A friend of mine recently shared this video with me and I thought it was worth sharing with you. Jackson Katz (educator, author, filmmaker) speaks out in this video about violence as a men’s issue (typically it is talked about as a women’s issue) and charges men — especially those in positions of power — to […]


Twenty Feet Away

This afternoon, I was about 20 feet away from President Barack Obama! It was awesome. He was at The Ohio State University giving a speech on renewable energies. After a 3 hour wait outside in the sun, and an additional 2.5 hours of waiting inside the RPAC (our gym), I had worked my way to […]