(Ignoring) Laws, Historical Narratives, and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

I had a new thought/question on the topic of how we discuss Brown v. Board of Education and other aspects of history. I have understood and observed for about a decade now that there is a gap between the law and reality. I have also understood for roughly the same amount of time that the Brown v.Continue reading “(Ignoring) Laws, Historical Narratives, and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)”

More Gender and Race Perception Experiments

This serves as a kind of followup to this post where I described an experiment I did with a group of students. I recently did a similar version of this experiment but with some modifications based on suggestions I received here! The results are most interesting and for sure show aspects of our hidden sexismContinue reading “More Gender and Race Perception Experiments”

On Being Hated: Politicians, Ethics, and Affect

Sometimes I wonder how politicians like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz must feel knowing that millions of people hate them or dislike them to extreme degrees because of their blatantly hypocritical and inhumane behavior and rhetoric. Anyone who understands how the world actually works–understandings informed by biology, history, psychology, and sociology–is appalled by their behavior. PoliticsContinue reading “On Being Hated: Politicians, Ethics, and Affect”

Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability

People increasingly attempt to use biological determinism (or essentialism) to lock people into identities, identities that are actually assigned and determined by cultural mores. While people who are transgender or transexual (often abbreviated as just trans) are increasingly accepted by academia and by society–although we absolutely have a long, long way to go–such cannot beContinue reading “Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability”

Confirmation Bias, Privilege, and Prayer (or, How Prayer and Discrimination Can Be Connected)

Recently, I read a powerful essay where the author, a Person of Color, describes their childhood and explains that “God always answered the prayers of White children but never answered our prayers.”  This statement has been on my mind off and on since I read it. As I prepare to teach my Theology and Civil Rights class inContinue reading “Confirmation Bias, Privilege, and Prayer (or, How Prayer and Discrimination Can Be Connected)”

Visiting with Ethnomusicologist, Dr. Andrés R. Amado – Interview Series #6

Today’s latest installment in my interview series brings an especially intellectually-stimulating conversation with my friend, Dr. Andrés R. Amado. Andrés is an ethnomusicologist and an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Keep reading to learn about his fascinating research and teaching! Don’t miss the pictures at the end! Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda (AJP):Continue reading “Visiting with Ethnomusicologist, Dr. Andrés R. Amado – Interview Series #6”

Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4

With this blog article, I am happy to bring you the next installment in my Interview Series. (There are many more to come!) In May, I talked with Dr. Tracy Butler about her teaching. Dr. Butler is a professor at the University of Houston and teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program andContinue reading “Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4”

May is Neurofibromatosis Month!

Neurofibromatosis is the most common genetic disorder, affecting me and approximately 1 in 2,500-3,000, yet most people (including some medical doctors!) do not know about it. There is currently no cure. Research is needed, (and because of neoliberalism,) research really, really depends on donations.  Neurofibromatosis affects the entire body. Some symptoms include:  People can haveContinue reading “May is Neurofibromatosis Month!”