21st Century: Genocide and the state of international activism

To millions of people across the world, the term genocide refers to the systematic decimation of a group of people. Yet genocide in and of itself refers to a much broader sense of subjection, one which is explained through the roots of holocaust that generally lies in interwar periods and sinks back into the history of rising tension between two distinct groups. … More 21st Century: Genocide and the state of international activism

De tiempo roto

Estamos peleando con el tiempo y me gustaría que tuviéramos otro momento. Deseo que habría besar tus manos una vez mas. Un otro lago para nuestro amor. El mundo nos mira y ríe porque esta pasión no es bastante. Quizás que no nadas en lago como yo, quizás que no estamos buscando para el mismo … More De tiempo roto

Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

I have always been a fervent advocate of human rights. During the Armenian Genocide of 1915, my great-grandparents were of the few who survived the terrible atrocities. I’ve read countless first-hand accounts of genocide survivors and actively studied contemporary genocide (Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, etc) through other means like film. As such, I was … More Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

James Joyce traces the traditional roles of women as mothers and sexually objectified beings. Particular evaluation of the Christmas dinner party scene and the Ballyhoura Hills woman encounter provides evidence of women continuously fighting their conventional, subordinate positions to men. Yet, there seems to be apparent confusion between the expectations of silence and self-expression, as demonstrated by the dual nature that women take on in the novel. Joyce further exemplifies the estrangement of his female characters from social norms by paralleling their behavior to his own sentiments toward Mother Ireland, which he and his novel’s protagonist Stephen both come to resent and leave. With the subtlety of biblical references and the characters’ duplicitous behaviors, Portrait paints a confounded dynamic between the desire for personal liberation and institutional incarceration within both the novel’s women and Joyce himself. … More Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

Citizen Four: Effectiveness of Documentary

As a human rights activist, I was incredibly fascinated by Laura Poitras’ 2014 film Citizen Four and especially drawn to the content and how it’s displayed. The narrative, though taking place mostly in Edward Snowden’s Hong Kong hotel room, played out swiftly and enabled the viewer to understand Snowden’s choices in how he ‘blew the … More Citizen Four: Effectiveness of Documentary

1933 Convention and Interwar Humanitarianism

The 1933 “Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees” was the first real commitment to build a legal framework on behalf of refugees, specifically Russian and Armenian refugees (Article 1), and was ratified by nine nations in which France and the United Kingdom were included. The primary strength of the 1933 convention was the establishment … More 1933 Convention and Interwar Humanitarianism

“Torrents of Emotion” in Pamela and Pilgrim’s Progress

In “Torrents of Emotion,” Historian Lynn Hunt argues that eighteenth century literature endorsed the modern human rights movement by developing personable characters with whom readers could empathize. Taking Hunt’s ideas into consideration, the opening of Pamela by Samuel Richardson allows the reader to directly relate to characters by drawing on techniques of the epistolary novel … More “Torrents of Emotion” in Pamela and Pilgrim’s Progress