Education is highly influenced by centuries of colonization led by Western powers across the globe. Peruvian sociologist Anibal Quijano calls this the "coloniality of power" where we subconsciously/consciously center colonial knowledge as the universal standard in the Western canon. This project would be an active deconstruction of the racial power structures embedded into the current education system in the United States, such as compiling critical race counter-stories traditionally excluded from our textbooks. In this project, we will take your favorite subject and analyze the marginalized voices and perspectives in this area. This can be looking at the syllabi in classes you have taken and learning how to identify and deconstruct the layers of Whiteness. We will approach education epistemology from a variety of angles, such as environmental justice, economic disparities, indigenous claims, and many more perspectives.
History behind the Glass Case: The Curatorial Gaze
With great power comes great responsibility. Museum curators are blessed and challenged with the task of telling stories through artifacts, and this storytelling can be a daunting task. What story do you tell? Whose voices are highlighted and whose go neglected? How do you wrestle with the tensions of power and inequality often embodied in the museum? As an intern for the Museum of Discovery and Science and curator for the Lost in New Haven Museum, I have personally experienced many of these ethical dilemmas. In this project, we will curate an exhibit of your choice and learn how to tell stories in multi sensory, inclusive, and culturally sensitive ways.