Written by Vera Ting Just days before Thanksgiving this year, five shootings took place across America. Given the recent slew of domestic terror attacks — which also includes a series of bomb threats and two other high-profile shootings in Pennsylvania and California — a reevaluation of the conversation on gun laws in America seems to […]Read More Where is the Conversation on Gun Rights Now?
Written by Dezi Hall As a person of color moving within predominantly white institutions (PWIs), I’ve always stuck out like a sore thumb. My middle and high schools were majority white and taught me that I would not always be well-received, especially as an artist. Over the years I’ve encountered other students of color who […]Read More Nobody Wins When the Family Feuds: Brown and Black Voices at Predominantly White Institutions
by Gabrielle Berbey How do we define the relationship we have with our bodies and is it even something that needs a definition? In recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness week, The 100 Days Initiative spent three hours in the Campus Center with Bard’s Wellness Committee, interviewing students about their feelings surrounding self-love, institutionalized shame, and […]Read More The Unspoken Conversation: Navigating the obscured landscapes of our bodies
Written by Najwa Jamal “Najwa? That’s such an exotic name!” “If you’re from Africa, then why are you white?” A line from Mean Girls? Yes. Something that has actually been said to me? Also yes. Exotic. Interesting. Cool. These are only the most popular responses I’ll receive upon introducing myself. A tight lipped smile and […]Read More An Introspection of my Immigrant Identity
Written by Maeve McKaig There is little subtlety in the role that race plays in our current political and cultural climate. Since the election of Donald Trump, political commentary has been increasingly saturated with claims of racial motivation. Many attribute Trump’s presidency to the white working class vote–the “silent majority”–which was largely ignored during the […]Read More White Ignorance: what it is, how it hurts, and what needs to change
Written by Funto Omojola Dr. Tommy J. Curry, professor of philosophy and Africana studies at Texas A&M University, was recently invited to speak at The Hannah Arendt Center’s Tough Talk Lecture Series at which he presented the work: “They Mistook a Backlash for a Movement: Black Men and the Doom of Western Civilization.” The talk […]Read More “I do Feel Marked:” Conversations about Black Male Experiences at Bard College
Written by Funto Omojola As I woke up to a flood of images on my social media platforms featuring thousands of men and women clad in pink pussy hats with signs proclaiming fundamental women’s rights to challenging the presidency of Donald Trump, my immediate reaction was not one of pride and comfort, but one of […]Read More A Reflection on Activism: Why I did not Attend the Women’s March and Why I no Longer feel Guilty About it