Interpretation of Dance: Addiction

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This video from the television series “So You Think You Can Dance” demonstrates the process that choreographers go through in order to make a piece and how to explain and express a concept without words, but with dance. This interpretation is one that describes the struggles that addiction has on a person

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UI Library Special Collections

How do we know what really occured during the Civil War? Do we simply believe everything we read on the internet or from our teachers? The University of Iowa’s Library Special Collections has a section dedicated to the Civil War where there is evidence dating back to this era. This series is located on the third floor of the Main Library or there is also a website. The link below allows you to transcribe diaries and letters from soldiers and soldier’s families.

http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cwd/transcripts.html

Miscegenation

Miscegenation: marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman ofdifferent races, especially, in the U.S., between a black anda white person.

Anti-miscegenation laws forbade interracial marriage.These laws have been apart of America since the 1600’s and some where rewritten early in the 20th century. Virginia’s racial integrity act of 1924 was one of the most influential laws. This law clearly defined colored persons and Indians. The law also prohibited intermarriage and leaving the state to evade the law. Anyone who broke the law and got married was to be guilty of a felony.

John Powell and Walter Plecker were key proponents in laws of this type. Powell was a founder of a white supremacist group and Plecker was in charge of enforcing the law from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. They used marriage licenses, birth certificates, tax records, and gossip to determine who was white.

Trouble came when their were great inconsistencies in these laws concerning marriage. For example: In Mississippi, Mongolian-white marriages were illegal and void, but in North Carolina they are permitted. Also, in Arkansas, a negro is defined as anyone who has blood in their veins, but in Florida, one is not considered a negro unless they have at least  one eighth of negro blood.  Continue reading

KONY 2012

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Kony, in the past few weeks we have heard more about this man than we have heard the years he’s been in power. The people of Uganda have experienced their longest period of peace–so why, now, is this video being promoted? Especially when Kony’s men are not even in Uganda anymore. Many have alleged it is because the recent discovery of large amounts of oil in the region.

The Invisible Children foundation that funded and made the film have recently come under fire. The film’s maker, Jason Russell, was recently detained by police while he was having a very public mental breakdown. This came after weeks of criticism of the campaign, a campaign that gives the only 37% of its profits to its supposed cause. In addition, the people who are receiving the funding are members of the Ugandan Army whom have also received the same accusations of torture and rape that Kony’s army have.

While no one disagrees that Kony is a bad man or a man that should go to prison for the many lives he has taken, it is safe to say that the people (teens especially) that this video was directed at need to make sure to fact check and do research on the organizations that they support. In the end, Kony2012 might just be a ploy to get military in the region of Uganda, so America can export oil.

Above is a link to a woman’s response to the Kony 2012 video, and whether or not you support the KONY2012 campaign–remember that in a society inundated which propaganda and clever marketing techniques it is important to stay informed and get all the facts before jumping on the bandwagon of a cause.

Timeline of the American Civil War

The Civil War was a response to Abraham Lincoln being elected as President and then the United States being split into two parts: the Union and the Confederates. This war was fought for four years until finally the Confederates surrended and slavery was outlawed.

Here is a link to the timeline of the many battles and events that occured during the Civil War: http://www.mce.k12tn.net/civil_war/timeline_of_the_american_civil_w.htm