The Closing Act: Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” as a Non-Violent Protest

By Lauren Kelley (’22) When Jimi Hendrix performed “The Star Spangled Banner” with screeches and static at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, it was considered by some to be “a hate-filled guitar solo”(Clague, 461). In the year leading up to the festival, the national anthem had become a staple in music icon’s setlist and hisContinue reading “The Closing Act: Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” as a Non-Violent Protest”

Coca-Cola and Capitalism: An American Mythology

By Hailey Oppenlander (’22) Coca-Cola is refreshing and bright, cool to the tongue. It is presented in a variety of situations and packages: in a nostalgic glass bottle; in a can that satisfyingly clicks as you pop the tab, still dripping after being pulled out of a cooler on a blistering summer day; or inContinue reading “Coca-Cola and Capitalism: An American Mythology”

Environmental Justice in Detroit: Michigan’s most polluted zip code, 48217

By Clark Doman (‘23) and Francesca Schena (‘23) Clarkston Doman is an American Studies and Economics major. Francesca Schena is a Computer Science major. Their project was originally created for Professor Katie Walden’s American Studies course ‘Data Feminism.’

The Black Athlete as Laborer and Civil Rights Advocate

By Margaret Borgos (’22) Sports and athletic competitions are inextricably connected to political landscapes. The 1968 Mexico City Olympics were no exception. Black athletes fought for their labor and civil rights both inside and outside of sport at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. An iconic photo immortalized American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos. TheyContinue reading The Black Athlete as Laborer and Civil Rights Advocate

A Nutritional History of Economic Crises

Comparing Government and Cultural Responses to Food Security Following the Great Depression & Great Recession By Grace Scheidler (’22) In its most basic form, food is a source of fuel, but we all know that a meal means so much more. We can look to a culture’s culinary tradition to find their history, and theContinue reading “A Nutritional History of Economic Crises”

The Relevance of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” in 2022

By Aryanna Perez (’22) In May 2018, Donald Glover, under the stage name Childish Gambino, released the controversial music video to his song, “This is America.” With over 800 million views to date, this music video became a significant cultural work as it utilized symbolism to address social justice issues, including gun violence, police brutality,Continue reading “The Relevance of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” in 2022″

“Fake News,” the Trump Presidency, and Conspiracy Theories

By Grace Rozembajgier (’23) 2,343 times. From his 2016 election to his last political rally before the 2021 Capitol storming, that is how many times President Trump has publicly used the term “fake news” (1). From laying claim to the phrase when directly telling a reporter “you’re fake news,” to blaming the media preceding theContinue reading ““Fake News,” the Trump Presidency, and Conspiracy Theories”

Who Is The American Family? 

A journey through race and representation in the family sitcom By Bridget Kelley (’22) Abstract Who Is the American Family? is a theorized exhibit that could be planned for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It traces race and representation in a classic genre of American television: the family sitcom. Combining methods from myContinue reading “Who Is The American Family? “

Swiftian Femininity: Taylor Swift’s Gender Identity and Branding

By Dessi Gomez (’21) The public constructs Taylor Swift as if she were an idea, not a person, according to her gender and her gender expression.  These constructions are intertwined with her breakout into fame as “America’s sweetheart” and “ultimate good girl.” As she grew up in front of the public, she began to beContinue reading “Swiftian Femininity: Taylor Swift’s Gender Identity and Branding”

“The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television

By Peyton Nielsen (’23) American author Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter” has fallen victim to the assumption of a fantasy piece since the 1969 publication of his short story collection Pricksongs & Descants. The short story bounces between narratives displaying intense metapsychosis and simultaneously tells the jumbled yet distinct tale of a connected array of people.Continue reading ““The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television”