#ThesisThursday: “Massive Paws, Killer Claws, and Deformities: Horror and Otherness within the Role of Disney’s Monsters”

With Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast soon approaching, I would like to share my thesis regarding the Gothic themes within the roles of the monstrous and feminine Other represented in some of Disney’s “renaissance” animations. Despite Disney’s traditional “happily ever-after” resolution for their animated feature films, Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Hunchback of… Read More #ThesisThursday: “Massive Paws, Killer Claws, and Deformities: Horror and Otherness within the Role of Disney’s Monsters”

#ExploratoryPhotography: First Fridays at the West Bottoms Warehouse Shops in Kansas City

First Fridays are a monthly citywide event for Kansas City locals where culture is showcased and cherished. Whether local or international, city dwellers partake in a wide variety of art exhibits, live music, special cuisine, and more! Yesterday, I explored a section of Kansas City’s First Friday Festival at the revered West Bottoms Warehouse Shops. An… Read More #ExploratoryPhotography: First Fridays at the West Bottoms Warehouse Shops in Kansas City

#FilmFriday: The Eagle Huntress (2016)

**Warning: Contains Spoilers** Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, defies years of patriarchal tradition to pursue her dream in becoming an Eagle Hunter. The Eagle Huntress (2016) provides viewers with an intrinsic view of her courageous journey and the steps required in mastering the craft. Being the first female Eagle Hunter in twelve generations, Aisholpan is stigmatized and doubted by… Read More #FilmFriday: The Eagle Huntress (2016)

#ThesisThursday: Deforestation and the Collapse of Easter Island & the Classic Maya

The collapse of the Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) and the Classic Maya population has remained a mystery since their discoveries. Despite substantial research, anthropologists still debate over what caused the fall of these ancient societies. The Easter Island and Classic Maya collapse, although different, were caused by one significant factor, deforestation. This… Read More #ThesisThursday: Deforestation and the Collapse of Easter Island & the Classic Maya

#FilmFriday– “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (2017)

“It used to be so simple. You were a boy, or you were a girl.” (Gender Revolution 2017) National Geographic Channel’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (2017) acts as an introductory overview of the cultural and biological concepts behind the spectrum of gender. The documentary highlights how one’s biological sex does not necessarily… Read More #FilmFriday– “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (2017)

#FilmFriday–M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (2017)

**Warning: May Contain Spoilers** As many of you know, Split (2017) has become M. Night Shyamalan’s most successful film in recent memory. James McAvoy’s eerie performances paired with Shyamalan’s subjective camera work creates an intimate experience filled with suspense and tension. The course of the film leaves the audience disoriented by its limited perspective created through an array… Read More #FilmFriday–M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (2017)

#FridayReads

Chris Stringer’s Lone Survivors: How We Came To Be The Only Humans On Earth (2012) Out of all our ancestral hominin species, why are Homo sapiens the sole survivors? Paleoanthropologist, Chris Stringer, addresses this question through a series of fossil finds, genetic tools, and dating methods from archaeological excavations. Although this publication is five years… Read More #FridayReads