Hairspray and the use of Camp

A favorite film, and subsequent musical, of mine is John Waters’ 1988 hit Hairspray. The film, which centers its drama around the desegregation or integration of a popular teen-dance television series, emphasizes the absurdity through which—primarily white—Americans attempt to sterilize and oversimplify the Civil Rights Movement to meet their expectations of a young and good generation annihilating the old and bad values of the prior generation. However, in recent years I have encountered negative reactions from others when bringing up the film…

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Assignment

Insides like Outsides

“Things may not always be as they seem,” speaks the age-old adage, reminding its audi-ence not to judge rashly, but for Linda Martin Alcoff in her essay, “Sotomayor’s Reasoning,” the relevance of such an adage falls into question…

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Assignment

Exploring Shabbat

As part of an activity where students practiced performing rituals associated with Shabbat, I created an organizational aid for students to reflect on each of the rituals; HaMotzi for bread, Kiddush for wine, and L’hadlik Ner for candles. Lastly, the organizer challenges students to reflect on the rituals they have performed and discuss their impact on creating the atmosphere of Shabbat, and of shalom bayit, or a peaceful, wholesome home and family.

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Indesign, Judaism, and Classroom

Tu B'Shevat Haggadah

Looking to explore an often forgotten holiday, I created and led my students in a Tu B’Shevat Seder. But every seder needs a haggadah!

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Indesign, Judaism, and Classroom

Political Misrepresentation: Forgetting the Common Man

The Old Patent Office Building in Washington today sits as the home of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, but it is a building which has lived many lives. It has served as a hospital…

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Assignment and LaTeX

Research Paper on the Cato Institute

Abstract

Students were assigned an interest group and tasked with conducting research to determine its key components in the categories of: mission, membership, budget, staff, lobbying, partisanship, and accomplishments. Lastly, students were to form an evaluation of the interest group based upon the information gathered.

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Assignment, LaTeX, and Research-Paper

Why the GOP needs to take a page from history when it comes détente with Cuba

Originally published via Medium on January 21, 2015

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Foreign-Policy, Medium, and Opinion

Serial Storms onto iTunes

Originally published via CHS.Today on December 2, 2014

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CHS.Today, Review, and Opinion

A Letter to the Editor

The following is a writing assignment I received to create a colorful character and write a letter to the editor of our newspaper in their persona.

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Assignment and Comedy

Third Party Apple Resellers discourage new customers.

Originally published via Medium on April 13, 2014

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Medium and Opinion