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Arts & Events

Troy the Hillian: a captivating exploration of the value of theater

By Henry Smalley Dr. Wind Dell Woods’ workshop production of his original script “Troy The Hillian” is a play that produces big laughs and even bigger ideas. The play is set in a far-future, post-apocalyptic society whose entire culture has changed. With limited knowledge of our current understandings of race, power and language, a group of three actors, two scholars, a poet, a stage manager and a director attempt to put on a performance of August Wilson’s Fences, a play which deals heavily in those concepts. As they work through...
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RPI lecture: Whiteness as a barrier to racial liberation

By Audrey Davis, Editor in Chief Friday, Nov. 4, marked the Race and Pedagogy Institute’s 20th anniversary on the University of Puget Sound Campus. Whiteness: A Primer on the Core Barrier to Racial Liberation, a lecture from Dr. Nolan Cabrera brought the campus community together for further exploration of the juxtaposition of the two fundamental words – race and pedagogy– and how whiteness continues to live and act within higher institutions. “What does it mean that we keep having people apologize for ignorance, saying ‘we’re sorry, we didn’t know better’?”,...
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When in doubt, don’t: cultural appropriation during Halloween

By: Ainsley Feeney     Halloween is the spookiest time of year, with scary movie marathons, candy-induced stomachaches, and creative costumes. However, for many people, Halloween’s biggest fright comes in a much more real form than any ghost story – cultural appropriation.   Cultural appropriation is taking aspects from a culture that is not your own, usually as a form of mockery. This can take the form of wearing culturally important clothing, jewelry, or hairstyles, speaking in an accent or language from another culture, or playing up cultural stereotypes in a...
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