Something Old & Something New: Classic Literature Remains Important to a Modern Audience

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary: The previous article illustrated how contemporary literature is presenting female characters as more empowered individuals. Modern authors such as Suzanne Collins are recognizing a stronger female role in the twenty first century, a role which readers can identify with in society. more…

Not a Witch but a Hero: The Image of Strong Females in Contemporary Fiction

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Summary: The previous article established the role that popular fiction plays in human culture: to comment upon the larger issues of contemporary society and connect each unique individual to this society. For example, exploring a strong feminist identity in a world far from gender equality is a topic written throughout history. more…

Not Just a Popularity Contest: The Role of Popular Fiction in Society

Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Summary: Alex Cross, The Hunger Games, The Notebook. Each of these novels represents a popular work of fiction that topped the charts. Though the characters and plots differ widely, the popularity makes these books instantly recognizable to contemporary readers. more…

Frankenstein's True Monster

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Summary: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a novel which symbolizes “remotely or unconsciously, the central tensions of an age of social liberation and political revolution” (Malchow 90). Eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain was a time of great turmoil. more…

Frankenstein Panel Discussion

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Summary: A careful reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—just like our panel discussion presented—seems to turn up more questions than answers. I would contend that this is truly the mark of a good work, a text that carries forward meaning and relevance nearly two hundred years after its original publication. more…

Frankenstein as an Evolutionary Singularity

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Summary: From the mouth of Victor Frankenstein, this statement may most clearly represent the thesis of Mary Shelly’s book. While the latter outcomes are not the work of scientists, (and I must defer to experts on literature as to her motives), this statement, if applied to the pursuit of knowledge, (or any quest of serious significance) would result in a complete lack of noteworthy progress. more…

The Reach of Civil Disobedience

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Summary: During the black Civil Rights movement, the use of civil disobedience (mass gatherings, marches, sit-ins, etc.) was noteworthy. Martin Luther King Jr. was the most famous advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. more…

Education: the Key to Freedom

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Summary: There is no doubt that blacks in America have been discriminated against and oppressed. Since the age of exploration, they have been bought and sold, forced into slavery, beaten, segregated, and kept from obtaining basic human rights like the right to an education or the right to vote. more…

Fate and Emotion in Shakespeare’s Love Stories Portrayed in Dance

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Summary: Most people are familiar with the “Bard” Shakespeare’s love tragedies, especially the plays of Romeo and Juliet and Othello. However, not all people know that, given the crossing of disciplines, both of these stories have been translated into dance, which is, in itself, a language. In the ballet version of Romeo and Juliet, it is important to consider the question of fate, while in “The Moor’s Pavane”, the dance portrayal of Othello, conflicting, raging emotions prevail as a unifying theme. more…

Personal Reflection on Judge Connor Presentation

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Summary: On 02 April 2015 at 1400, Judge Burton C. Conner presented his viewpoints on “Ethics and the Law” at the Indian River State College Center for Media and Journalism Studies annual speaker series. Judge Conner’s presentation continues the thread of previous years’ presenters... more…

Popular Perceptions and Dehumanization in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Summary: During the Gaza War in the summer of 2014, Israelis in the streets of Tel Aviv chanted "There's no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left” and concluded their chant with "Gaza is [now] a cemetery." Similarly, a New York Times study found that 93 percent of Palestinians hold anti-Semitic views. The consensus is that Arabs and Jews have always held these views and since the conflict has raged for so long there is nothing that can be done. more…

Origins of Antifeminism

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Summary: There is a recent trend of women publicly taking their stance on feminism. Influential feminist Lininaz Evans stated she was "not a fan of men" causing a stir about how modern feminists operate. Conversely, on September 20th 2014 Emma Watson gave a speech on gender equality at the UN addressing the misguided beliefs of feminism. Evans' statement in particular caused journalist A. Ages to comment that statements like these have cast a shadow on how the mainstream views feminists. more…

The Poisoned Well of Public Discourse: Anita Sarkeesian, #GamerGate, and the Value of Humanities Education

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Summary: At the University of Massachusetts in 1975, Chinua Achebe delivered a lecture criticizing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness for perpetuating colonial stereotypes of Africans. more…

The Tragedy of the Knowledge Commons

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Summary: Several years ago, my seven-year-old and I were out walking when we met a young man who had recently returned from military service in Afghanistan. In response to my son’s obvious fixation on the titanium rod protruding from his shorts, the man volunteered that he had been injured in a skirmish with Taliban fighters near the Pakistan border. Once out of ear-shot, my son peppered me with questions he would not dare pose to a stranger, and I found myself reconstructing the possible circumstances of the veteran’s injury, the reasons for war, and the probable course of treatment he had received after his wound. After a thoughtful pause, my son remarked: “Well, at least he got to keep his foot.” more…

Akhil Reed Amar Talk

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Summary: Can the United States Constitution be understood without its legal and historical background and what is the impact of the Constitution today? Constitutional scholar and author Akhil Reed Amar will address these questions at a talk about “American’s Constitution, Written and Unwritten.” more…

Memory Craft, Domestic Technology, and Memory Archive

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Category: Perspectives
Summary: Vacuuming, washing dishes, dusting, and other examples of housework are all common forms of domestic technology. This “home” work falls under the same category of domestic science defined in the nineteenth-century by women such as Harriet Beecher Stowe (in her book The American Woman’s Home) and Lydia Child (in The American Frugal Housewife). more…

A visit to Oxbow Eco-Center

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Category: Stories
Summary: I have been promising myself that I would start my exercise program by walking, and I am glad I chose to start at the Oxbow Eco-Center with my fellow students and professor. What an amazing day for a hike (la caminata excursión)! It could not have been more perfect. The weather was just fabulous, not too hot and not too cold. more…

Service Learning in Full Bloom

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Category: Perspectives
Summary: The IRSC Service-Learning program is in full bloom at Indian River State College in the English Communication and Modern Languages Department this Spring. Dr. Ozuna designed and taught a new interdisciplinary SPN 1120 Service-Learning course more…

Wind Energy in Florida

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Summary: Clean, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly more important in the state of Florida. With home electricity consumption rates among the highest in the country, there is a need for renewable energy sources in Florida, but the state only generates 1.1% of renewable power in the United States. more…

Oceans: The World's Dump Site

Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Category: Perspectives