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October 11, 2018

Propaganda

It’s been a rough couple of weeks in DC. I couldn’t get away from reports of Kavanaugh’s nomination, sexual assault accusation, appalling performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the list continues. Then came the commentary and analysis, in which each expert offered wildly opposing viewpoints of the impact of this Supreme Court appointee. Moderate voices were absent in the news while only extreme opinions warning of pending doom pervaded. There’s a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, and utter disbelief that has overcome me, so much so, I googled “how to overthrow the government.” I wondered, can we, would we, should we? After finishing the Herman and Chomsky reading on propaganda, I felt even more

October 3, 2018

#RaceTogether

“Conversation has the power to change hearts and minds.” Larry Kramer & Howard Schultz- Why Race Together, Medium (2015) ragan As the nation focused its attention to police killings of Black men in 2015, following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Larry Kramer, publisher of USA Today felt a “responsibility to act” (Kramer & Schultz, 2015). Schultz met with board members, executives, and employees to explore ways Starbucks, in partnership with USA Today, could acknowledge the rising racial tensions and start a national conversation. Kramer and Schultz envisioned a year-long project to stimulate conversation and positive action. #RaceTogether emerged as a platform to spark dialogue on the value

September 20, 2018

Transcending Connections

How does one find an online persona? Through the Googles of course! In my search, I came across a 2015 TIME magazine article of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and was ‘virtually’ introduced to Tyler Oakley. In the article, TIME reported his influence as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and accomplishment in converting 6.5 million subscribers into “real-world success” (Time, 2015) as evidence of his online reach. Within a few clicks, I discovered not only is Oakley an activist for queer rights, but he’s raised over a million dollars for the Trevor Project, a group that creates awareness about LGBTQ+ suicide rates and provides services for queer youth in crisis. This signaled to me he had
Old enough to remember life without cell phones, I remember seeing a TV commercial for digital mobile phones that enabled you to take a call wherever you were. I distinctly remember watching one ad where a man at the bottom of a waterfall answered a call from his wristwatch. As a proud member of Generation X, I remember wondering why anyone would want to get a phone call while they were outside (especially on an exotic expedition like this guy)? For many of us then, phones belonged inside and at home. When people went out, they were simply “not home” or unavailable. (GASP!) Back then, even answering the phone was risky. We didn’t know who
Gonzaga University and Jesuit Education | Social justice is embedded in the curriculum at Gonzaga. The coursework is designed to expand people’s worldviews and develop a tolerance for others’ opinions. We are lead through experiences that challenge our beliefs with a grounding in trusting in the basic goodness of people. Through developing this tolerance, interdependence becomes visible, and no longer does one’s work revolve around one’s needs. It transcends. And whether one is Catholic, Mormon, a Buddhist, or a Christian, the lesson of interdependence teaches a humility that calls for one’s service to others. This is what I believe makes a Gonzaga education special. It took me traveling 2,348.7 miles and some reflection to realize this.