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Building my Ofrenda

Embodying ancestral knowledge in a scientific dystopia

Features, Nov 16 2018

by Jorge Palacios

Though Día de los Muertos is now over, I often think about the ofrendas, or altars, that my mom sets up …

No Student Left Behind

The road to cultural competency in CAPS and beyond

Features, Nov 09 2018

by Wen Zhuang

One phenomenon has seen steady rise on college campuses: the influx of international students, from an average of 600,000 in 2013 …

Items I Lost or Else Forgot While Moving Through

Mourning and melancholia in their transit

Features, Oct 26 2018

by Lily Meyersohn

“Think of a word, any word. Let’s try coconut.” My old friend whose parents named her after a citrus gives me …

Walking on Eggshells

Tlatelolco, UNAM, and Mexico's resurgent student movement

Features, Oct 26 2018

by Jacob Alabab-Moser

content warning: state violence, gore, gender violence I am WhatsApping my friend Carolina on a Wednesday night in early October in …

Zoo (Dystopia)

A walk through the Roger Williams Zoo

Features, Oct 19 2018

by Jesse Barber

I have been dreaming about seeing a Snow Leopard. My infatuation with animals started before I was born, when my brother …

Our Kind of People

Crazy Rich Asians and diasporic representation

Features, Oct 05 2018

by Audrey Therese Buhain

There’s a particular moment in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians that has left me unsettled for the past few days. …

The Burden of Proof

Dr. Ford, #MeToo, and what we ask from survivors

Features, Oct 05 2018

by Tiara Sharma

content warning: sexual assault There were moments in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s questioning last week when I had to close my …

Critically Making a Campus

RISD’s Prov-Wash gets a new look, but for whom?

Features, Sep 28 2018

by Jeremy Wolin

“Have you been? It’s very space-agey,” I overheard in my first week back in Providence. 20 Washington Place, better known to …

Communicating Through Taste and Text

Cake fixes everything (I hope)

Features, Sep 24 2018

by Raina Wellman

Prompted by a request from her parents, Rachel Gelmis received an optional drug test from her Alabama high school. As reported …

When Yes Means No

On the violence waged despite of, and through, consent

Features, Sep 15 2018

by Tiara Sharma

Four years ago, institutions of higher education across the country began switching out “No Means No” for a “Yes Means Yes” …

Playing in many forms

Tag, the club, and fake personas

Features, Apr 20 2018

by Florence Li

On a recent February day, I checked the weather and saw that it was going to be unseasonably warm. In celebration, …

Means to a Beginning

The stakes of academic freedom in the context of the Palestine/Israel conflict

Features, Apr 20 2018

by D.A.M.A.J.

On Thursday, March 8, the Brown Middle East Studies department hosted a panel discussion titled “Permission to Speak: Boycott and Politics …

The Women Who Remember

On matriarchs and memory

Features, Apr 12 2018

by M

content warning: sexual violence Someday your memory will leave the inside of my eyelids and I promise you will not exist …

White Dreams and Soiled Memories

Features, Apr 06 2018

by Jorge Palacios

content warning: sexual violence I walk outside and am met with morning dew in the grass and morning crust in my …

Set in Stone

Examining the stakes of transnational monuments

Features, Mar 23 2018

by Jeremy Wolin

In 2016, the National Park Service, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the Van Alen Institute launched “Memorials for the Future,” …

Summer After Moonlight

On why we are glad Call Me By Your Name didn’t win Best Picture

Features, Mar 15 2018

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber, Paula Pacheco Soto & Emma Lloyd

Queer films represent a break from mainstream cinema, which is usually intent on depicting heterosexual romance. In the past few years, …

Imagining the Black Cowboy

Recovering an alternative history of the West

Features, Mar 09 2018

by Babette Thomas

On a Wednesday afternoon, I’m sitting in the conference style classroom of my workshop in front of a dark wood table …

Chismeando con Ruben

A Conversation with Queer Xicano Chisme

Features, Mar 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

In English, the word chisme translates to gossip. Chisme is a cultural practice in Latin American and diaspora communities, an implicit …

A Loss for Words

Do we have to change our language before we can change our ideas?

Features, Feb 16 2018

by Jane Argodale

Contemporary debates on free speech, political correctness, and identity politics have all taken up language as a site of contention. Figures …

The Veil and What It Holds

Beyond a cultural relativist perspective

Features, Feb 09 2018

by Orwa Mohamad

Rising nationalist sentiments in Western countries have put religious freedom under attack. With President Trump placing a ban on the entry …

Rainbow Saviors

On the politics of (not) coming out

Features, Feb 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

cw: homophobia, sexual assault. The first accusation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced on October 29, 2017 by actor Anthony …

Dear Indy...

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Will Tavlin

Submit your questions anonymously for the Indy advice columnhere. Dear Indy, I’ve just been ghosted by my Tinder date. It feels …

All the Young Women

Lady Bird and shifting representations of teenage girlhood

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: sexual assault/harassment There’s a subplot in Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed new movie, Lady Bird, in which the titular protagonist’s best …

The Railroad Lie

Trains and nostalgia

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In a May 1867 letter to the San Francisco Alta California, Mark Twain wrote: “A railroad is like a lie—you have …

Vinegar, not Jam

A magical, maximalist artist

Features, Nov 17 2017

by Marielle Burt

“The Two of Swords! This card is something to fear. It means stability, equilibrium. Of course! I’m fucking terrified of stability,” …

A Constructed Divide

Puerto Rican migrants and the future of a people

Features, Nov 10 2017

by Soraya Ferdman

There are few things more difficult to talk about, even fewer to be hopeful about, than the future of my island. …

Greater Welfare

Nixon’s Family Assistance Plan and the contemporary debate over Universal Basic Incomes

Features, Nov 10 2017

by David Golden

Since the Great Recession, proposals for a radical transformation of the American welfare state have appeared in think-tank proposals and newspapers …

PrEP Failure

Drugs and stigma in the ‘post-AIDS’ era

Features, Nov 03 2017

by Mitchell Johnson

content warning: homophobia, racism In February of this year, several media outlets picked up a story about a gay man in …

No Clashes

One genealogy of state violence

Features, Oct 27 2017

by MCAS

content warning: sexual violence, suicide “To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire.” –Warsan Shire, Teaching …

The Lights Coming Down

An oral history of Aurora

Features, Oct 27 2017

by Will Weatherly, Sophie Kasakove, Maya Björnson & Nora Gosselin

If you live in Providence, it is likely that you have attended an event at Aurora at some point during its …

El Pueblo Unido

Lessons from the Chilean student movement

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: police brutality Santiago de Chile, 2013. I clearly remember the first time I was arrested: it was a day …

Sound and then Fury

The azaan in the Islamophobic West

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Sheena Raza Faisal

In a video posted on Twitter on September 13, White Woman A stares wide-eyed into her selfie-cam. The azaan plays loudly …

Breaking, Bread

How tradition dictates Russia's relationship to Belarus

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Signe Swanson

In Saint Petersburg, Russia, the words ‘traditional cuisine’ stand guard on so many restaurant signs. They are so pervasive that to …

Mi Puerto Rico

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Sebastián Otero, Soraya Ferdman, AnaSofía Velázquez & Ella Scholz

The Cuban writer and revolutionary José Martí coined the term= “patria es humanidad”––homeland is humanity. After Hurricane María hit my island, …

Dear Indy...

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Lisa Borst, Will Tavlin & Erin West

Dear Indy, Thoughts on PDA? LB: Despite long being an object of public scrutiny, regulation, judgment, and fantasy, the thing about …

Bleach

What does it mean when East Asians go blonde?

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

cw: racism, suicide A couple of weeks ago, Kim Kardashian bleached her hair blonde—again. The first time was back in March …

The Naked Dead

How the Haitian zombie was stripped of its meaning

Features, Sep 22 2017

by Marielle Burt

content warning: slavery, racial violence, sexual violence “Your grandmother has always operated by her own logic.” This is how my father …

Zero Ground

Reflections on collective trauma

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Zack Kligler

The Atacama Desert, which spans 50,000 square miles on the Western side of the Andes, is known as the driest place …

Blood Burden

Pursuing justice for all menstruating bodies

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Mara Dolan

content warning: sexual assault, incarceration, anti-trans violence The tampon tax will not die. In 2015, when President Obama was asked by …