Featured pieces come from any genre, and reflect exceptional work from each issue. This semester, we highlight an extended essay from Koki Kobayashi (’21) and a thesis distillation from Bridget Simons (’20).

Though we may be accessing this site from around the world, we acknowledge our affiliation with the University of Notre Dame and thus our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples (even if virtually) including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years, and continue to do so.

Miss Americana vs. The Patriarchy:
Feminist Humor in Taylor Swift’s Satirical Music Videos

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”

“A Movement, Not a Moment”:
The US Women’s National Soccer Team and Its Fight for Equal Pay, 2016-2020

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

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″

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