The Wheelchair Symbol and the Rhetoric of Understanding and Misunderstanding

A few of my students made an excellent point today while we were discussing the ADA and how it relates to college, privilege, identity and intersectionality, and so on. My students suggested, given that the wheelchair icon is such a wide-spread symbol that it functions as an (incorrect) symbol or stand-in of all disabilities. For example,Continue reading “The Wheelchair Symbol and the Rhetoric of Understanding and Misunderstanding”

Double Damage and Double Forgetting: Hurricane Katrina, Historical Memory, and Hours (2013)

A few nights ago when looking for a film to watch, I came across Hours (2013). After watching the trailer, I knew I would have much to say about the film. And, I had no idea how much I would have to say about this problematic film.  Hours (not to be confused with the excellent 2002 film TheContinue reading “Double Damage and Double Forgetting: Hurricane Katrina, Historical Memory, and Hours (2013)”

Inside Out (2015)

There really isn’t much that I can say positive or not-so-positve about Pixar’s Inside Out (2015) that hasn’t already been said in The Atlantic, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and in countless other places. This wildly popular film has received overwhelming praise across the board because its complexity makes it much more than a children’s movie (or in ways much more than any typical movie).  WhileContinue reading “Inside Out (2015)”

Previewing BULLY with Writer and Composer Dr. Aaron Alon – Interview Series #1

I spoke with my friend Aaron Alon about BULLY, his new musical film which follows a teen who commits suicide after being bullied. The independent film will be released in 2017. AJP: Thank you, Aaron, for taking the time to discuss BULLY with me. I’m really excited to learn more about it and to see the film.Continue reading “Previewing BULLY with Writer and Composer Dr. Aaron Alon – Interview Series #1”

13 Nuggets to Ponder: Have you ever considered?…

But when I began to consider the subject in this last way, which seemed the most interesting, I soon saw that it had one fatal drawback. I should never be able to come to a conclusion. I should never be able to fulfil what is, I understand, the first duty of a lecturer to handContinue reading “13 Nuggets to Ponder: Have you ever considered?…”

Emotional Demands of College

Being in my ninth year of teaching, I am just about convinced that the biggest obstacle for most new students relates to the time and emotional demands of college. I generally reject notions that students being underprepared for college equates to a significant obstacle because students have always been underprepared for college since the creation of whatContinue reading “Emotional Demands of College”