In the last chapter of my dissertation, I examine the rhetoric around girls’ education in the Global South through “texts” such as the UN’s Girl Up campaign materials, I Am Malala and Malala Yousafzai’s speeches, and the docu-drama Girl Rising. When I talked about the work, several people asked me if I had read the young readers edition … Continue reading
In the early morning of April 16, 2014, over 270 schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, whose name translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local language. The abduction was not the first time the group kidnapped girls and women, particularly for pursuing … Continue reading
Happy International Women’s Day! This morning I watched Girl Rising for the first time in a year and was just as moved as I was when I saw it in theaters. I’m spending the rest of my day doing edits on an essay about the feminicide and my dissertation prospectus about American schoolgirls in narratives … Continue reading
Exciting News: Girl Risingis coming out on DVD! Preorder your copy today for its March 4th release. Although the DVD is for home use only, you can check out the Girl Rising webpage for information about educator’s or institutional copies if you want to use the film in your curriculum. It would be great for … Continue reading
In my rationale, and in my studies more generally, education’s connection to citizenship and power is a major theme. For example, I argued that education is used as a tool for creating order in the midst of clashes over migration, race, class, etc. as it both gives people the tools they need to reflect on … Continue reading
One of my colleagues invited me to lead a discussion in her WGS 201 (Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies) class this morning. It was a great opportunity to talk to undergrads about the research I do and have a discussion with them about education and girlhood studies. Here’s my Prezi, if you’re interested. I … Continue reading
Today I am headed to the Gender Matters Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. I am super excited, because this conference looks fantastic. Highlights include a keynote by J. Jack Halberstam about Gaga Feminism (see explanation of Gaga Feminism), there’s also going to be a one-woman comedy, “Booby Trap,” about surviving breast cancer, and a … Continue reading
It’s been a busy, crazy week, but many good things have happened. In the realm of popular culture, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie and a Clarissa Explains It All novel called Things I Can’t Explain. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows as an adult and Clarissa was one of my … Continue reading
Great interview with Junot Diaz, author of Drown (on my comps list, woo!), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This is How You Lose Her. Access to education is not just an international issue, there are people fighting the fight here in the U.S. as well.
Julio sent this to me today. It is fabulous. Thanks, dear. Thanks, Zen Pencils.