Latin Americanist Lunch: “ZONE OF NONBEING: White Civil Life and Anti-Black Racial Terror in the Brazilian Polity”

As someone who is minoring in Spanish, and intending to study in Latin America, I was very intrigued when I realized Professor Jamie Alves would be speaking on racial inequality in Brazil. Although, Brazilians speak Portuguese, the problems encountered and demonstrated in this multicultural nation resonate a sense of familiarity with other Latin/Central American nations; I might add as an African-American female I wanted a deeper insight into Brazil’s social construct. It appears this particular topic came at a perfect time, as it mirrors our very own discussion of ‘race’ in both, America and Brazil in class.

When looking at Brazil it does not take long for one to realize the structural violence being perpetrated on their black citizens. Segregated into Favelas, or urban slums, where one can expect to encounter many Afro-Brazilians. The Favelas are looked down upon, because similarly, to a ghetto they attract drugs, rape, crime, and other forms of violence. Therefore, the Brazilian government, especially the police, put a label on the people living there, explicitly the Black people.

Mr. Alves relayed a story, which occurred in 2015, where five black teenagers were shot one-hundred and eleven times by the Brazilian police while they were in their vehicle, driving by the police checkpoint. Originally, the police denied they were at fault, and even planted a gun in the car to make the victims appear guilty, it was eventually deemed a homicide, but while the judge ‘figured’ out the case, they allowed the suspected officers to be released. This is why the Blacks of Brazil are so enraged, when they are unwarrantedly murdered no one cares except for them, to augment the disparity the know killers are given special treatment. On the contrary, when white Brazilians are killed, or injustices are perpetrated against them, the nation speaks out in an uproar.

During one of the slides the quote “the bullets that attack black bodies are not rubber bullets” reinforces the sentiment and feeling of forgottenness and anger which engulfs the blacks of Brazil. Alves stated that in Brazil blacks are not considered criminal or lawless, no they are deemed something much more aggressive, they are regarded as ‘enemies’ of Brazil. Could you imagine being an enemy of your own nation, because it refuses to recognize your humanity? I ponder about the situation in Brazil and wonder: how much violence is it going to take for Brazil to recognize the need for reconciliation, how many demonstrations must be made to enact change? Mr. Alves left us a with a deep and haunting sentiment, most people want change, but no one wants to endure the violence and aggression of the complete social reconstruction which is required to enact this change, but if no want wants to bear this responsibility will the nation ever fully propitiate?

Latin Americanist Lunch over: “Population, Health, and Environment: Transitions in Latin America”

Attending Dr. Lopez-Carr’s presentation on Latin America, with several references to Africa, was quite insightful, as he had been awarded a grant to engage in socio-economic research within the Latin American region. In terms of urbanization, Latin America was one of the slower regions to pick up this new global phenomenon. However, per Dr. Lopez-Carr’s research 80% of Latin America is now urban, which has resulted in lower fertility. Families that would have originally had seven children, are now having roughly 3.5 children; this further changed the agriculture landscape. Instead of families having large acres of land, which would eventually be evenly distributed among the children, more families have acquired smaller acres of land to farm.

Keeping these new changes in mind, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Lopez-Carr has found the conversion of forest to agriculture has been the biggest impact on the environment by humans. Even, more troubling is that these urban population booms are taking place in the world’s poorest areas, where they cannot financially, and socially, support the growing populations. So, while your average rural family is having less kids to work the land, the families in the urban areas are reproducing at unprecedented rates.

During the duration of the talk my eyes were opened to new statistics, as the big picture was clearly depicted from these seemingly innocent facts. However, the most interesting/troubling piece of information I acquired was perhaps the biggest advocate for vegetarianism. Less than 1% of the earth’s surface is used for humans, for example soybeans, which were a crop driver at the start of the 2000s, of all the soybeans produced less than 1% were eaten by people, the rest were feed to livestock. This means three-fourths of the world’s used surface would be released into nature if people stopped eating animal protein. Therefore, I propose two questions for Dr. Lopez-Carr: 1.) Knowing what we do about deforestation and climate change, why have more Western governments not regulated the amount of meat households can buy, and 2.) In a world where the global north is so privileged, how are we going to sustain ourselves, when we are clearly destroying the land that feeds us? This was a very engaging talk, and I only touched on a small subsection of Dr. Lopez-Carr’s discussion.

 

Project Three – Alley

The Alley Way Design was the final project of the Design 1 studio class. For this project, we were assigned an alleyway on Campus Corner, an area across from campus that has bars, restaurants and hangout areas. The alley way that I was assigned was mainly used as a cut through to get from one street to another, and was located in between a popular bar and a bicycle shop. In considering the designs for our alley, we needed to include two gather spaces, one for a smaller group of people (2-4) and a larger gathering space that could be used for art installations and performance spaces. For my design, I wanted to keep in mind the original function of the alleyway, so I still allowed for a walkway that would allow for passing through, but manipulate the topography of the site and the pathway to slow pedestrians down to spend more time in the space. I made the decision to have a below ground level area as the performance space with a stadium-like seating area. The overhead plane consisted of an angled planes that were made of wood and wire to cast shadows during the day and also allow for hanging installations to go over the head. I incorporated lights in the ground of my design to light up space at night and also illuminate the overhead plane. The smaller gathering space was located toward the front of the alley so that people could easily stop and sit, and not have to completely leave the street front, the goal was easy accessible seating.

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Project Two – Mobile

This project was intended to be a competition among my other classmates where we all tried to design a hanging mobile. The requirements were that the mobile needed to be completely balanced and the parts of the mobile could not be attached by using adhesive. It also needed to allow for maximum movement, therefore reducing the amount of contact between the parts of the mobile, allowing for the parts to move independently of one another. When starting this project we looked at the architectural and natural compositions and how the parts were organized. In the design of my mobile, I found inspiration in the design of a tree branch and how the leaves can move independently of the branch, but the branch still able to be swayed in the wind. I attempted to make my mobile reflect a tree branch with its leaves. The design for the leaves was broken down into triangles that came together to create depth and shadows. The branch was basically a rectangle with rectangles balanced off of it to widen the area of space and allow for the leaves to attach.

All parts were laser cut to shape. The branch was made out of two ply chipboard, and the leaves were made out of museum board

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Podcast

One type of podcast I am interested in is by a company known as RoosterTeeth. For those who do not know what RoosterTeeth, they are most known for their web series called “Red vs. Blue”. The company covers a wide variety of topics, but they mostly stick to talking about things in the tech world. I have been following them since about eighth grade and they have added a plethora of shows since then. Some of these things include their two most popular podcasts, which are simply called the RoosterTeeth Podcast and OffTopic. Within the RoosterTeeth podcast, the listener will hear a more structured show where the members of the podcast have certain topics they discuss within the hour and a half of the show. Now, for OffTopic, the listener will notice that there is not really a structure for this show. The members of this podcast basically talk about whatever they want to. This podcast typically lasts for about two hours or so. If one decides to pay for a subscription, they can stick around for the after show of OffTopic.

What originally drew me into these podcasts was to keep me up to date on new technology coming out, as well as new video games I should keep my eye out for. RoosterTeeth has a way of delivering their opinions in an entertaining way that keeps the audience captivated. When OffTopic was announced, I saw who the hosts of the show were going to be, and I found them to be hilarious. I cannot think of the last podcast I listened to by them that did not have me in stitches by the end of it! I would highly recommend either one of these two podcasts to listen to for fun, or if one is needing to simply pass some time.

Sooners Struggle against the Jayhawks

After a stint of eight straight road games Oklahoma finally came home to L Dale Mitchell Park to host the Kansas Jayhawks. During their time away from Norman the Sooners struggled and couldn’t quite find a way to win on the road as they lost seven of their eight contests. Heres how the series played out between the Sooners and the Jayhawks.

Series Breakdown

Game 1- In Jake Irvin’s return to the mound Friday night the scoring started early and often for both teams. By the end of the fourth inning fourteen runs would cross home plate. As for Irvin, he threw 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on five hits and four walks. While the stat line isn’t great it is good news that after his start in which he threw 81 pitches the following morning Irvin said, that his arm felt good coming to the ball park Saturday for game two of the series. After Irvin was done for the day six Sooner pitchers would come into the high scoring game, including one inning pitched by both Nathan Wiles and Austin Hansen. Austin Kerns would end up taking the loss for the Sooners dropping his record to 2-3 on the year. The starting Jayhawk pitcher Taylor Turski would be in the same boat as Irvin, as he too would be bumped after 3.1 innings and gave up five earned runs. The Kansas bullpen would get involved after that trotting out six different pitchers of their own, Chase Kaplan would pick up the win for the Jayhawks. For the Sooners an early lead of 4-0 looked promising, but the Jayhawks responded with four runs to tie it up in the fourth inning. The scoring wouldn’t stop there as Oklahoma responded with six additional runs in their half of the inning. Going into the fifth inning with a 10-4 lead Oklahoma looked like they would finally be able to get out of their midseason slump, however that is not how the Jayhawks would have it. Kansas would score ELEVEN unanswered runs over the final four innings to make the final score 15-10 in favor of the Jayhawks. Oklahoma’s streak of four consecutive errorless games would come to an end as the losing streak would continue.

Game 2- Unlike the opening game of the series this game featured a pitching duel for the first six innings as neither Oklahoma or Kansas could plate a run. Oklahoma pitcher Kyle Tyler would give Oklahoma its first quality start in recent memory as he pitched into the sixth inning. Tyler threw well over the first five innings not allowing a run, however things would turn in the sixth as he would give up four runs and be chased from the game. JB Olson would come in from the bullpen to stop the bleeding, Austin Kerns and Nathan Wiles would come on to pitch for Oklahoma as well making their second appearances in as many days. The Kansas sixth inning fueled by a couple walks and a string of base hits would prove to be enough to give Tyler the loss for the game as four Jayhawks would touch home. Oklahoma rallied and got two runs in their half of the sixth, but that would be all Jayhwak pitcher, Jackson Goddard, would give to the Sooners. Goddard started the game on the hill for Kansas and gave an outstanding performance pitching for seven innings and only surrendered the two runs late in the ball game, he would pick up the win for Kansas. Oklahoma would lose the game 5-2 making their losing streak seven games.

Game 3- Scoring started early for Kansas as they would plate two runs against Oklahoma starter Dylan Grove. Grove would leave the game in the first without recording an out, leaving the bases loaded and a two run deficit for reliever Devon Perez. Perez would give up two more runs (which were charged to Grove) in the inning, but the damage could have been much worse. Oklahoma would respond over the next three innings as they scored five runs off of Kansas starter Ryan Zeferjahn. Kansas would turn to the bullpen in the third inning and eight Jayhawks would see time on the mound over the course of the game. As for Oklahoma Devon Perez would eat up five innings on the mound only giving up two additional runs. Sooner pitchers Vincenzo Aiello and JB Olson would pick up where Perez left off as they would both pitch two innings giving up no runs, Olson would get the win for the Sooners. Going into the bottom of the eight down 6-5 Oklahoma would start a rally on a Brandon Zaragoza walk. Oklahoma would score two runs in the inning and that would prove to be enough as they would go on to win 7-6. Sunday the Sooners were able to avoid a second straight sweep and finally get out of loss column.

One for the Road

Oklahoma now sits in the middle of the pack at 6-6 in Big 12 play. The 28-15 Sooners will play another home game Tuesday against Texas-Arlington before hitting the road again to play West Virginia in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are currently tied for second place in the conference with a mark of 9-6. However, 23-15 West Virginia is coming of their first conference series loss as they dropped two of three to Kansas State this past weekend.

La violencia de la naturaleza humana

¿Los seres humanos son violentos? El director de Relatos salvajes muestra durante película que piensa sí. Relatos salvajes es la película más popular en la historia del cine argentino pero es un poco raro. El director Damián Szifron combina humor, suspenso y violencia en seis cuentas cortas. La combinación de estos elementos crea una película que ofrece un parecer muy interesante de la naturaleza humana. En la película Relatos salvajes, Damián Szifron use seis cuentas cortas para mostrar que cuando los humanos se sienten solos y están estresados, su reacción natural es usar la violencia o la venganza para resolver los problemas.

La obra maestra fue lanzada en 2014 y rápidamente se hizo recibir atención internacional. Según La nacion, “Relatos salvajes se convirtió en la película más taquillera de la historia del cine argentino” (Relatos Salvajes, La Más Vista). En un mes, 2.414.000 entradas había vendido para ver la película. Esto era 4000 más que cualquier otra película (Relatos Salvajes, La Más Vista). El hecho que se logró esta hazaña es increíble.

Damián Szifron es un director argentino que tiene 41 años. Ha tenido mucho éxito con sus trabajos. Sus trabajos más famosos son Los simuladores y Relatos salvajes (Viñes). Los simuladores es un programa de tele que había transmitido por dos años. Era muy popular y ganó premio Martin Fierro. Estos premios son asignar a los mejores programas de tele y radio en Argentina. Damián se hizo muy popular en 2014 cuando Relatos salvajes estaba lanzado. En la primera proyección la audiencia dio la película un aplauso cerrado de diez minutos. Ahora, Relatos salvajes es la película más vista en la historia de Argentina. La revista Time clasificó la película en su lista de los diez principales películas de 2014 (Campos).

Relatos salvajes es divido en seis cortometrajes. En la primero, un hombre reúne todos sus enemigos en un avión y se choca el avión. En el segundo, una cocinera pone veneno para ratas en la comida de un hombre que se molesta una moza. En el tercero dos hombres con rabia del camino se matan. En el cuarto, un hombre está frustrado porque su coche ha sido remolcado muchas veces. Pone explosivas en su coche y cuando su coche es remolcada ultra vez, se la explota y destruye el centro de remolque. En el quinto, un joven pega un mujer embarazado con un coche, y el padre de la joven trata de llega un acuerdo con su jardinero. El padre daría el jardinero un medio de un millón dólares si el jardinero toma la culpa del accidente. En el final, una pareja tiene una lucha grande en su boda.

En cada de las cuentas, una situación mala empeora cuando caracteres se enojan y hace decisiones tantos. En una situación normal, los caracteres no harían estas malas decisiones pero no pueden controlar sus emociones (Becker-Parton). Por ejemplo en el cuarto cortometraje, la amenaza de un divorcio y su ira con el gobierno influye su decisión de poner explosivas en su coche y destruir el centro de remolque. En cualquier situación, el hombre realizará que su decisión perjudicará su carrera y lleva a la cárcel. Sin embargo, el hombre es tan enojada que no puede pensar racionalmente. Este muestra que en su estado natural los humanos son criaturas muy violente.

Otro ejemplo de este tema es la segunda cuenta. En esta cuenta, dos extraños estaba conduciendo en el desierto cuando un hombre trata pasar el otro. El hombre en frente se lo prohíbe y el hombre detrás se enoja. Cuando un hombre tiene una llanta desinflada, el otro hombre empieza una lucha en vez de ayudando el otro. La lucha se convierte en una lucha a muerte. En el final, los dos hombres mueren. Esta cuenta es un poco cómico porque un problema pequeño se hace un problema muy serio. Ninguno hombre puede pensar lógicamente y realizar que habría mejorar para relejarse y perdonar el otro. Como resultada, dos hombres mueren por una razón muy mal. Esta cuenta exhibe que el estrés de una situación y una inhabilidad para controlar las emociones llevan a violencia.

En conclusión, Relatos salvajes es más de una película entretenida y popular, es una película sobre la naturaleza humana. Damián Szifron combina el humor y la violencia para crear una película increíble. La venganza durante Relatos salvajes revela que en su estado natural los humanos son muy violentes. Normalmente, los humanos pueden controlar sus tendencias violentas, pero cuando están en situaciones muy estresadas, no piensen lógicamente y usar violencia para resolver los problemas.

La mujer de la cuenta final mira abismalmente a su pastel de boda después de una lucha violente con su novio.

Obras Citadas

Becker-Parton, Brad. “Using Shock and Violence for Comedy’s Sake in ‘Wild Tales.’” Splitsider, Splitsider, 26 Mar. 2015, splitsider.com/2015/03/using-shock-and-violence-for-comedys-sake-in-wild-tales/. Accessed 18 Apr. 2017.

Campos, Gerard. “Las Mejores y Peores Películas Del 2014.” La Vanguardia, La Vanguardia, 17 Dec. 2014, www.lavanguardia.com/cine/20141216/54421889586/mejores-peores-peliculas-2014-segun-time.html. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

“Relatos Salvajes, La Más Vista.” La Nacion, La Nacion, 26 Sept. 2014, www.lanacion.com.ar/1730288-relatos-salvajes-la-mas-vista. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.

Szifron, Damián, director. Relatos Salvajes. 2014.

Viñes, Ernest Garratt. “El Cineasta Argentino Damián Szifron Habla Sobre Su Vida.” El Comercio, El Comercio, 19 Aug. 2014, www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/cineasta-argentino-damian-szifron-habla.html. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

El ojo del Espectador

En muchos países latinoamericanos, es común que la gente tiene un cabello hermoso, sedoso y recto. La vanidad es de gran importancia en la vida de estas personas que se ponen muy críticas de las apariencias. Pelo Malo, una película ganadora de premios dirigido por Mariana Rondon, crea una urgencia para que la gente empiece a aceptar las diferencias de la gente  mientras expone el racismo y la homofobia en la comunidad venezolana.

El protagonista, Junior, es un niño de nueve años que vive en los peligrosos y destartalados barrios pobres de Caracas. Junior tiene un fondo mixto de ascendencia afroamericana y venezolana, lo que hace que su cabello sea muy grueso y rizado fuertemente. Junior convierte en desesperado para encontrar una manera de enderezar su cabello étnico. Él intenta cualquier método e incluso intenta aplicar puñados de mayonesa. Su madre, una viuda que lucha, no apoya sus intentos y se siente tan frustrada que finalmente amenaza con “cortarle el pelo”.

La película fue rodada en 2013. Durante este tiempo, el presidente Hugo Chávez es diagnosticado con cancer. Las estaciones de noticias en la televisión estan transmitiendo a los compatriotas de Chávez afeitando sus cabezas en solidaridad con su presidente enfermo. Esto causa un alto estrés para Junior, ya que está tratando desesperadamente de aferrarse a su cabello.2015-06-11-1433986943-7834001-16845985679_9d6ecd53cb_z

A diferencia de la abuela de Junior, su madre no le ayuda a abrazar sus apariencias étnicas. Sin embargo, la opción de centrarse en su sexualidad proporcionó a la audiencia un sentimiento más fuerte y la presentación de opiniones distorsionadas en Venezuela. Debido a que la obsesión con la vanidad y la apariencia es a menudo un rasgo de las mujeres, la madre de Junior comienzan a temer que su interés en su cabello podría ser una señal de que es gay. Incluso habla con un pediatra. Ella le dice al médico: “Él canta, se cepilla el pelo todo el día, quiero saber si es … gay.” Estaba muy ofendida al ver estas escenas en particular. Junior claramente tenía una crisis de identidad porque su propia madre no le hacía sentir que era lo suficientemente bueno en su propia piel. Sí, su abuela le hizo un traje femenino y apoyó lo que le hizo feliz, pero esto fue superado por las críticas de su madre. A su madre le importa cómo la sociedad ve a su familia. También le da más afecto y atención al hermano menor de Junior. Debido a que el hermano menor tiene cabello liso, Junior probablemente encuentre que esta es otra razón por la que necesita cambiar … para ser tan querido como su hermano. Es simplemente doloroso.

Además, esto me recordó a mi propia juventud. Mi padre es afroamericano y mi madre es criolla francesa. Cuando mi cabello es natural, es un afro rizado, pero cuando uso una herramienta caliente, es suave como la de mi madre. Había veces que lloraba porque no entendía por qué mi pelo no se secaba como las otras chicas en mi escuela o por qué no podía hacer algunos de los mismos estilos. Yo compadezco con Junior porque me preocupaba que me parecería menos hermosa porque era diferente. Sin embargo, a diferencia de Junior, mis padres siempre hicieron hincapié en que me veía hermosa, no importa en qué estado estaba mi pelo. Después de todo, es sólo pelo!

Es evidente que las personas de su sociedad no están al día con las habilidades sociales adecuadas. Hay una escena en la que uno de los amigos de Junior expresa que no se siente segura viviendo en Caracas porque tiene miedo de que la violen. Junior simplemente limita sus preocupaciones diciendo, “no se puede violar, eres demasiado gordo”. Está claro que las maneras ignorantes de su madre se han deslizado sobre él en su crianza. La falta de afecto de su madre ha hecho que Junior se entumezca de los sentimientos de los demás. Es casi como si Junior pensara que alguien tiene que ser hermosa para ser violada, y si eres fea la gente te dejará solo. Este es otro comentario sexista que también es terriblemente insensible. Lo que me hace preguntarme cómo la agresión sexual es interpretada por Junior…Todo se relaciona con la apariencia.

Aunque es deprimente a ver, es justo lo que el cineasta necesita para hacer su punto. Personas son muy visual, y a veces no pueden entender cosas hasta que lo vean con sus propios ojos. El término “pelo malo” es racista y es muy audaz para Rondon nombrar la película después de un tema tabú. Sin embargo, el racismo es algo que las personas de todas las culturas experimentan. Es importante que las figuras públicas y los cineastas estén poniendo en evidencia el tema porque ahora muchas más personas pueden visualizar, relacionar y saber que no están solos en su lucha por la aceptación de la identidad. Esta película dio a la audiencia una mirada rara en la edición más grande del mundo de una manera que era realista y no exagerada.

Al final de la película, el público queda suspendido. El destino de Junior se deja ambiguo e incierto. El director Rondon dice: “Ustedes están preguntando por el futuro, me alegro de que lo pidan, significa que saben que hay un futuro, y que existe la posibilidad de que las cosas no sean como siempre ” (Garsd). Esta declaración de gran alcance confirma que su meta fue alcanzada. Después de ver esta película, la gente se mueve para echar un vistazo a sus propias vidas, cuestionar sus valores y su trato igual o injusto de los demás. La llamada de atención es muy necesaria y ahora hay esperanza de una mayor aceptación social y voluntad de cambio en las generaciones venideras.

 

 

 

 

 

Biliografía

Farrell, Michelle Leigh. “The Director of ‘Bad Hair’ Talks About      Venezuela’s DangerousObsession With Beauty.” Remezcla. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <http://remezcla.com/features/film/the-director-of-bad-hair-talks-about-venezuelas-dangerous-obsession-with-beauty-pelo-malo/>.

Esta Fuente de Remezcla es una transcripción de una entrevista que explora aún más las intenciones del director. Mariana Rondon explica cómo esperaba que la gente de Caracas vera la película, así como gente de los Estados Unidos. Además, este artículo explica por qué la película se llamó “Pelo Malo”, cómo el director pensó en la idea de la película y lo que ocurrió durante el proceso de filiming “. Esta es una excelente guía informativa para el funcionamiento interno detrás de la imagen general.

 

Garsd, Jasmine. “‘Pelo Malo’ Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations.” NPR.10 Dec.

  1. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <http://www.npr.org/2014/12/10/369645207/pelo-malo-is-a-rare-look-into-latin-american-race-relations>.

Esta Fuente de NPR proporciona detalles de apoyo sobre el escenario, antecedentes y motivos de la película, “Pelo Malo”. Además, el artículo proporciona comentarios de primera mano de Mariana Rondon, el director de la película. La fuerte cita provee evidencia al argumento de que esta película fue creada con la esperanza de crear un llamado de alerta para el pueblo de Venezuela y otros países hispanohablantes que discriminan basado en creencias racistas y homofóbicas.

 

The Week from 4/17 – 4/23 on OU Create!

This week the OU Create community made 138 posts. This week, we saw a posts about traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as posts about politics here at home. As always, we’ve looked through all of them and are proud to present to you… The Best of OU Create for the Week from April 17th through April 23rd!

And now for the weekly roundup…

Kenzi took a trip to New York City with her friends last week with the Public Relations Student Society of America. In her post, Kenzi shares her perspective on the difference between life in New York and life in Norman.

Kenzi Smith's photo in NYC

Miranda posted a reflection on her first year as an OU student. Miranda shares the story of how, with many up and downs and uncertain moments, she arrived at her current major, Creative Media Productions.

Screen shot of Miranda's blog titled How I Got Here

Tanner attended Omar Khayyam Day, an event put on jointly by the Persian Studies Students and the Iranian Student Association. Tanner got to listen to poetry recitations, hear talks on the impact of Omar Khayyam, and eat delicious Persian food.

Screen shot of Tanner's blog titled Omar Khayyam Day

Hannah attended Chinese New Year in February with her roommate, who performed during the night’s events. Hannah has shared seven videos of the performances on Chinese New Year over. Check them out on her blog!

Screen shot of Hannah's blog titled Another (Very) Belated Chinese New Year

Jill attended the National Association of Social Workers Legislative Day  in Oklahoma City with the Zarrow School of Social Work in February. Jill shares the difficulties in being and advocate and advises those feeling frustrated to “just keep showing up.” Persistence is key, Jill says, to meaningful social work.

Screen shot of Jill's blog post titled A Lesson in Policy Advocacy: A Day at the Capitol

Medium for Summary of Learning

I have decided to create a direct mailer in order to recruit students to enroll in PR Publications. I will need to use InDesign in order to create the Summary of Learning assignment, as well as create a screencast. First, I will research recruitment slogans and visual materials. Next, I will begin researching designs and evaluating my own design tendencies to create something. I also have more research to do in order to fully utilize InDesign.