August 2010

August 30th, 2010
Written by Rosrin Wuithiran in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Chinese immigrant laborers use shovels to build a railroad
In 1869, the final spike was set on the first American transcontinental railroad. It was a milestone connecting the east and the west of the United States. While the Union Pacific built the eastern tracks with the ease of flatter lands, the Central Pacific Railroad Company faced a tougher time going through the rough terrain of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, the Central Pacific faced the...
August 29th, 2010
Written by Rita Rizzo in Cover Stories with 0 Comments
Remember Billy Joel’s song, We Didn’t Start the Fire? The song mentions events and people who influenced societal thought from 1949 to 1989. Listening to the lyrics propels us all to an earlier time when the world felt different to us than it does currently. Indeed, national and world events, inventions, innovations, and the exposure to the influential people during our coming of age years,...
August 27th, 2010
Written by Chris Benguhe in Our Daily Walk with 0 Comments
America is not becoming more polarized – but the politicians sure are. They have convinced many of us that we are not part of the political equation unless we are an over the top extremist, fatally committed to one side, and ready to lob grenades at the other. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The majority of us are in the same boat, looking for somebody to row it rather than rock it, offering...
August 26th, 2010
Written by Laura Monroe in Stereotypes & Labels with 3 Comments
illustration of a mouth closed with a zipper
There is a quiet debate going on surrounding the pressure by many for the development of a gender, ethnically, and racially neutral language for use when discussing political, social, and cultural issues and topics. Termed “political correctness,” and taking shape over the past 30 or so years, it is for many in academia, journalism, and other arenas, pretty much become a standard in writing and...
August 25th, 2010
Written by Laura Monroe in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Self-portrait of Anna Ancher
Danish artist Anna Kirstine Brøndum-Ancher was born in Skagen in 1859, the daughter of a grocer/hotel owner. Skagen was a Danish fishing community located on the northernmost tip of Jutland. It was also the site of a well-regarded artist colony, where Danish marine painters had received their inspiration throughout the nineteenth century. Thus, the many local artists in the area influenced Anna...