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B is for Blind Contour Line 

Back to where it all began--lines! In Fall 2012, I took Intro to Painting with Olga Hubard (which I LOVED and highly recommend; she's a truly inspired professor and the class never once felt like "work." /shamelessplug) One of our in-class assignments was blind contour line painting, in which we tried to paint something--first a …

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B is for Barbie 

Like most young girls of the past 50 years, I had a Barbie doll as a child. Modern arguments against Barbie have come out against the plastic toy as setting unrealistic body images for young girls. The bodily proportions of the doll, nearly humanly impossible, are said to cause girls to critique their own body …

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B is for Bodies 

“..we observe a man's actions and place ourselves partly but not wholly in his position; or we act, and place ourselves partly in the position of an outsider.” T.S. Eliot, Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley In common language, we often use spatial terms to refer to empathy. The most common one …

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B is for Brooklyn 

I grew up in Brooklyn and am overcome by how much it has changed. It is somehow both heartening and horrifying all at once. Growing up there in the 80's and 90's, Brooklyn was gritty, dangerous, dirty, rusty, spontaneous, sketchy, edgy, vibrant, entirely unpredictable. It was the definition of eclectic--culturally, aesthetically, architecturally, etc. There was …

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B is for BODIES 

I have yet to visit BODIES: The Exhibition. I wonder if being the hypothetical spectator has affected how I have composed this learning activity. ___________________________________________________________________ Trip to BODIES: The Exhibition Under permission of the school’s administration, students will travel to BODIES: The Exhibition, a museum that displays preserved, deceased humans who have given their bodies …

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B is for Border (crossing) 

We live with concepts. We live by them and through them. The Kantian insight that intuitions without concepts are blind means that concepts are like lenses calibrated to focus on certain aspects of experience and when we experience something for which we lack concepts our intuitions are blurry, not sufficiently determined to make meaning. …

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B is for Beauty 

I found the discussion in Driscoll’s chapter, “Girls’ Magazines,” to be extremely pertinent to modern culture and dialogue surrounding female sexuality. Obviously, girls’ magazines aim towards their young female audience; however, the way in which they address their audience is surprising. It becomes rare to see a girl magazine that does not project an idealized …

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Marginalia: B is for Backchanneling 

In discussing the application of critical pedagogy in today's class, one of the points we raised regarded identifying the techniques for disrupting the staid dynamics of classroom conversation (the monolithic lecture, the ephemerality of speech, the inscrutability of 'engagement', the tendency for dominant voices to silence quieter ones, the premature abandonment of salient points, etc): …

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B is for Bedroom 

A bedroom is defined as a room for sleeping in. Yet, it is one of the most intimate places for those of us lucky enough to have one.  It has the power to reflect who we are. It may hold our most valued possessions and reveal our daily routines. We could also become so trapped …

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B is for Broken Things 

I was amazed by the brilliance of young children’s art exhibition in Macy’s Hall at TC. The exhibition not only displays what beauty is, but it also expresses how broken things can be beautiful through observation and creativity. Maxine Greene said, “The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change …

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B is for Bacon 

I am always so amazed by the way certain things can so viscerally cause an aesthetic experience. I am not sure if this is actually a fact or it’s just my personal experience but I have found that I get the most visceral experiences through hearing and smell. Hearing is usually involved with music, but …

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B is for Bird Nest 

1. A search on Google for "bird nest" (as of 2/23/14) will provide the following results: 1. Edible bird's nest, 2. Beijing National Stadium, 3. Bird's nest. All three are Wikipedia pages. 2. Edible bird's nests are a delicacy popular in Asia. They are made from the saliva of swiftlets. The nests are used most …

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B is for Dimunition 

When last we spoke, we discussed the archetype of the protoeducational narrative: a descent from the city (an organized public space where rationality and mutual civility prevails), into the labyrinth (a chaotic space of darkness and menace). This descent would be followed by a resurfacing and returning, which formed an ellipsis that became indelible through …

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B is for Ballroom 

After last week’s class exercises (and I think a mention of the tango), I began thinking about the ways in which we make lines with our bodies through dance. In undergrad, I had taken two levels of Ballroom Dance, which was an incredibly fun experience, in spite of the fact that I’m usually that person …

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B is for Background 

Every class in my grad school career has began with an introduction of who I am, where I come from, what work experience I have and why I am in the class. At first I found this awkward and uncomfortable. I was a recent college grad from New Jersey who went to Rutgers, one of …

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B is for Baseball Bat 

Two poems about baseball. First, a poem I wrote in college. Aesthetic beauty in practicality and manufacturing. Really about baseball, maybe also about taking the technical and making it aesthetic to... show it in a new way? I don’t know. Second, my favorite poem, while I’m on the subject of baseball poetry. Baseball Bat David …

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