Unit 8 post 1 Bullock

Katharina Blum- It is super gross how as soon as Katharinas name is printed everyone thinks it is ok to touch her and threaten her. No one is violent in this way towards Ludwig. What about German culture at the time led to this phenomenon?

Baader-Meinhof Komplex– There is an interesting irony in Meinhof’s violent actions. Many of her writings seem very anti-violence. Is there a moral difference between federal violence and individual violence.

Shadows of Summit Pointing West- The statements about how Germany is not the center of the world are very interesting and remind of American Nationalism. If we did away with borders, would people still find a way to be nationalistic?

The Hitler Within Us- I cannot imagine the confusion of being German and feeling guilt for an event I never took place in and yet I am a white person in America who was recently involved in a class debate over reparations..so maybe I can. How can governments be punished without punishing innocent citizens?

Human Dignity is Violable- This discusses the limiting power Atomic bombs have of freedom and yet Meinhof uses bombs as a part of her terrorism. May we disrespect the dignity of those how have disrespected other without being hypocritical?

Woman in the SDS– In societies where women abilities are not respected women are not respected. This is why focusing on gender differences that very well may be structural as opposed to biological is so harmful regardless of what truth it may hold. How can we push past the perceived inequality of bodies to see the true equality of soul and mind.

Columnism– It seems the situation discussed in this text has only worsened. Media bias and eagerness to capture an audience has taken over. How can we know unfiltered truths?

Translations-Bullock

The Anderson translation seems to be more focused on conveying the meaning and while the Thomas translation is more focused on retaining the artistic rhythm. In the Anderson certain phrases and sentences are inserted that do not appear in the Thomas. These things were most likely left out of the Thomas because they do not flow well artistically. My AT group and I prefer the Thomas because we enjoyed the artistic rhythm more than we were worried about the meaning.

Laura Bullock

“Have you noticed how the word”intellectual”is used nowadays?There seems to be a new definition which certainly doesn’t include Ruther-fordor Eddington or Dirac or Adrian or me. It does seem rather odd, don’ty’know.'” page 4

This consideration of only one category of disciplines to be truly intelligent reminds me of the current tension between STEM and socially oriented majors at Davidson. It often seems STEM majors are considered to be far more difficult and important than other majors.

Why do things that are less concrete valued less.

I recognized Einstein Darwin and Copernicus.

Unit 5 post 1

  1. “There is a element of “chance” in the way we, as viewers of the portfolio included here, regard the documentation, as if Lemon does not want the viewer to think he has set out to preserve the events in substantive form, as “art,” from the beginning”-2
  2. This reminds of our discussion of the difference between dance and a video of dance. True beauty and emotion is often difficult to capture in 2D
  3. How can meaning best be conveyed to people who are a great distance from the statement being made?

“Hodge’s bloat is, in the often-ridiculed ‘popular’ arena of re-enactment, a kind of ruin – itself, in its performative repetition, a queer kind of evidence.”-103

Aside from being temporary this seems to evidence that what sets performance a part from archive is that it is alive.

Can anything be archived that is alive?

Back the Night

Back the Nightwas an excellent show that is not only relevant to the Humanities curriculum but to Davidson’s campus as whole. Despite what many students think, Davidson has quite a vicious rape culture. Women are regularly robbed of their bodily autonomy by being sexually violated. As we have learned in Unit 3, the body often defines our humanity. It is what makes us human and gives us rights. Sexual violence objectifies victims by ignoring their desires and autonomy. Therefore, to be robbed of bodily autonomy, is to be considered unhuman. This was depicted in the play Back The Nightthrough the story of two girls in college. Cassie is extremely passionate about fighting for women’s rights so much so that she posts police records of violence against women to a blog regularly. Her best friend Em was raped by a group of frat brothers but chooses not to call it rape in order to avoid emotionally processing it. Within the show Cassie is physically assaulted and broadcasts the violence to start a revolution against frat culture. She shows people something that changed their perspective so that they begin to fight for change within their college. This revolution is occurring in colleges today at a slower pace. There have been whispers at Davidson about the party culture centered around Armfield coming to a close. Other universities such as Furman have been pushing to ban fraternity housing or Dartmouth which has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against rape. My mission at Davidson is to further push this revolution and find ways to reduce sexual violence without completely depriving students of parties. 

Condensed Shakespeare

Initially, I thought the condensed Shakespeare show would be a good event to describe through the lens of revolution because of the revolutionary themes in Shakespeares shows; however, after attending the event it is clear the revolutionary aspect of this show lies in the presentation of the shows. The three performers took varying approaches to presenting Shakespearian texts in a comedic way including a cooking show, football game, and other various mockeries. They blended traditional Shakespearean language with modern language in order to add comedic after and make the material easier to understand. For the most part, the company did a good job of converting the traditional text into an easily digestible and funny piece; however, one aspect of the show became quite bothersome to me. The company utilized offensive humor to add to their comedic edge. Offensive humor can often be a good way to connect dated material to modern audiences in an engaging way, but the means by which the performers attempted this felt very cheap. They simply referenced relevant and sensitive topics like the “Me Too” movement as opposed to writing clever jokes. They belittled serious issues like sexual assault for laughs. Offensive humor has a time, place, and limits. Their attempts seemed to be in poor taste. Jokes about sexual violence and racially charged humor are especially sensitive topics on Davidson’s campus for several reasons. Firstly, many students have had experiences with college rape culture, meaning they could easily be triggered by humor like this, but no trigger warning was provided. Secondly, Davidson’s student body was recently shaken by the discovery of two Neonazis within our students body. After this experience, I would expect students to find racially charged humor less humorous. I hope that we can move away from cheap laughs and towards considerate, careful selection of performers in the Duke Family Performance Hall.

Macbeth

Working on Macbeth has been revolutionary for em in many ways. I know the typical purpose of these is to analyze the material itself but I am far more inspired by the effect doing Macbeth has had on my life. Coming into Davidson I did not have a stable friend group. Every group I started hanging out with fell apart or acted in ways that made me want to leave. I Thought about transferring. I thought about going home. But I wasn’t happy at home and my friends at other colleges were struggling too. I felt hopeless. I had panic attacks and drilling anxiety. This all changed when I went to the theatre meet and greet. When I entered the barber theater I could see all that would happen there in front of me. Each person I met brought out parts of me I had forgotten. Everyone encouraged me to audition for the fall shows. I did and to my surprise I was cast as Lennox in Macbeth. The community of support I found in the Macbeth cast revolutionized my Davidson experience.  Furthermore, the plot of Macbeth echoed a theme from the Humanities curriculum. When violence is used to revolt against violence the new leadership will often be just as violent. Macbeths kills Duncan and when this violence is discovered Macduff must revolt against his leadership; however, Macduff uses violence to gain power. She gains power the same way Macbeth does, so who is to say her leadership will be any less violent. Violence should be solved with as little violence as possible.

Laura Bullock

Banality or evil

The banality of evil references not evil itself but the nature of those who perpetrate evil. Evil is a thoughtless act carried out by those who lack self awareness. This contribute to the idea that those who commit genocide are not always intrinsically evil but taken advantage of by a greater power system.