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T is for Taj Mahal 

I visited the Taj Mahal in 2010 and found it to be the most beautiful manmade structure I had ever seen. It reminded me of pure ivory (See I is for Ivory). It was built for the prince's "favorite wife" Mumtaz. It is a testament to the fact that great beauty comes from great sorrow. …

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T is for Theatre, Themes, and Taymor, Julie 

I have always loved theatre, and throughout my life I've made it a priority to stay involved in the field. Generally I do this as an actress or audience member, but in my liberal arts undergrad program I was also able to experiment with direction, design, playwriting, and textual interpretation and criticism. More recently, I've gotten …

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T is for Triggers 

When I went to the MET in mid-April, I remember a middle-aged woman transfixed by Théodore Rousseau’s painting The Forest in Winter at Sunset. I too, felt the same way. I stared at the work as she sat down and I stood. When she left, I sat down in her place. I wondered what she …

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T is for Time 

T is for time and space Time is a constraint on us all, but I am acutely aware of it as a middle school teacher. Each class and meeting and duty is a prescribed length. I see some students in the morning and some in the afternoon. I wonder effect time plays on student experience …

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T is for Triptych 

A triptych is a work of art, usually a panel painting, in three parts hinged together that can be displayed closed or open. This form starts in early Christian art and became a popular standard format for altar paintings since the Middle Ages.  The ubiquitious nature of the triptych in churches spread from the Byzantine …

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T is for Stochastic Art 

When studying music composition, I became very interested in the integration of chance into composition. Several composers in the 20th Century integrated chance into their process. These techniques are usually referred to as "stochastic". Stochastic comes from the Greek word στόχος, which means "aim"... In probability theory, a purely stochastic system is one whose state …

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T is for Turtle 

It's the end of the semester, again. How many more beginnings and ends of semesters do I have to go through? When I was working full-time before, never thought I would ever go back to school again. The best thing of being out of school was not having to take midterms and finals, didn't have …

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T is for Translation of Science into Art 

I'd like to return to an issue I have previously addressed to provide another valuable example of how aesthetics can come to the aid of science in order to enhance the educational experience. Taking the “Informal Science Education” class held at the American Museum of Natural History was an excellent opportunity for me to assess …

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T is for The Sense of Wonder 

After reading The Sense of Wonder (Carson, 1956), I am not only envious of Roger’s colorful and amazing childhood experiences with nature, but I also envy Roger’s good fortune to having a great auntie in a close companionship. Even though Carson and Roger have huge differences in both ages and experiences, they are dedicated in …

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T is for Thesaurus 

Thesaurus, because of how many times I've had to change the titles of my posts, or avoid writing them all together, because I had already allocated a post to that particular letter. The aesthetics of particular words bring about certain memories and associations that simple "synonyms" cannot. Part of my frustration in forming coherent posts …

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T is for The Nannster 

I took four years of photo in high school with Vince Nanni, my old-school Republican curse-dropping, no-shit-taking, Rush-Limbaugh-Show-listening teacher. He was the man, and it was my favorite class. This wasn’t your typical artsy bullshit digital photo class either, to put it like Mr. Nanni. This class, like the man who ran it, was from …

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T is for Togetherness 

In “A Phenomenology of the Global City”, Mendieta states that people’s experiences are “determined by a continuous mingling with crowds, and large, undifferentiated masses of people” (221). For a time in our history, we were ignorant of the other. Groups had maintained their stability by solely knowing their world and the traditions within it; therefore, …

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T is for Timescape 

In The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elizabeth Tova Bailey tells of the transformative impact a tiny garden snail has on her life when a debilitating disease leaves her bed-ridden and out of touch with humanity. Her constrained movement, bodily and spatial restriction leaves her forced to attend to something (a snail) in a …

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T is for Trash 

Over the weekend I went to the Armory Show that was happening here in the city. This was the first time I had ever been to this type of art event, and it made me think a lot about a lot of things we have been discussing in this class so far. The first thing …

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T is for Time Travel 

1. Traveling backwards through time is the most interesting aspect of time travel, at least philosophically. Traveling forwards through time is rather boring in that we do it every day, we are always traveling into the future. It obviously gets more interesting if you are able to travel into the future at a faster rate, …

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T is for Transmedia (MP Edit) 

Getting into the spirit of digital age creation for this week’s post, I figured I would cover the idea of transmedia storytelling. Transmedia storytelling occurs when a single story is told throughout multiple forms, genres, or formats of text (in particular, incorporating digital elements). Given how impossibly prevalent the internet is in our daily lives, …

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T is for Thinking Reflective 

Lately, I’ve been feeling what Shusterman describes at the end of his essay “informational overload.” Considering all the information I must take in from classes, my student teaching and outside experiences I often wonder if it would be more beneficial to be taking in less information with more time to reflect upon it. What is …

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