The Pursuit of Diversity in the Context of Journalism

The Montana Race project fits within the ethical obligations journalists have to pursue diversity in reporting by reaching out to people and gathering their personal perspective. Personal experience, witness accounts, or by other means. Through this project, we discovered the ways of looking at race in the Montana varied as we gathered all those voices … More The Pursuit of Diversity in the Context of Journalism

“Finding significance as a Heinz 57”

The summer before my third grade year, my mom took a group of her students—she’s a teacher—across many miles of Atlantic blue water to Western Europe on a tour. She spent the rest of her summer meticulously documenting the trip within the intricately detailed pages of two scrapbooks. I pored over those scrapbooks for years, … More “Finding significance as a Heinz 57”

Reflections on the Montana Race Project: Everyone Has a Story

“…as stories similar to these started piling up, I realized that Montana had a race problem rooted in denial.” For most of my DiverseU “presentation” I was working unscripted, saying things as they came to mind and trying to speak as candidly as possible. After all, that’s how these sort of things should be discussed… … More Reflections on the Montana Race Project: Everyone Has a Story

The Montana Race Project: Everyone Has a Story

Why six words? As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged by his friends to identify the fewest number of words necessary to write a complete story. He responded, “Six.” His story: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Legend has it, Hemingway felt it was the best story he’d ever written. Today, the very … More The Montana Race Project: Everyone Has a Story

Human Rights and Global Issues in José Saramago’s “Blindness”

In the 2008 film Blindness, directed by Fernando Meirelles, an unnamed city is beset by an epidemic of the “white sickness,” a disease that instantly turns everyone blind.  Except for one woman.  The novel follows the story of seven people who are quarantined along with 300 other people in an abandoned madhouse.  These seven are … More Human Rights and Global Issues in José Saramago’s “Blindness”