This is an article about the meaning of life. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t simply announce the theme of a piece from the get-go.
I think for most of us, when we think back to high school, a big thing we think about is our aesthetic sensibilities.
Last fall, I took the semester off due to increasingly serious depression.
This past summer I took a creative writing class, during which my professor told us that fiction about college is often unsuccessful because publishers and audiences often regard college experiences as somewhat childish or ordinary.
This weekend, the South Asian Sisters-Madison, a student organization of progressive South Asian women, will be presenting their sixth production of "Yoni Ki Baat." I had the opportunity to sit down with a cast member, sophomore Nita Sharma, to talk about the show.
April 19, slam poetry duo Climbing PoeTree gave a stellar performance in the Northwoods room of Union South. Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, who make up the group, integrated spoken word, hip-hop played on traditional instruments and multimedia presentations throughout their show. The pieces centered around environmental, racial, class-based and gender-based oppressions.
On Saturday, spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree will be performing at Union South in the Northwoods Room at 7pm. The group consists of Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, whose performances interweave spoken word, hip-hop, and multimedia theater. Climbing PoeTree focuses on shedding light on injustice and oppression and using our hopes to create a vision of a better future.
In 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a set of eight humanitarian missions to be completed by 2015. The goals included eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, universal primary education, gender equality, reduction of child mortality rates, improvement of maternal health, combatting diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, ensuring environmental sustainability and the creation of a global partnership for development. Each of the goals was also set with specific numerical milestones to track the project.
Last summer, I enrolled in a philosophy course here at University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled “Contemporary Moral Issues.” The course, as its name suggests, involved students reading academic papers about rational arguments for the ethical permissibility or unacceptability of a number of policies, such as capital punishment, abortion, voluntary active euthanasia and the consumption of meat produced by factory farms. I came into the class with fairly strong beliefs about most of the subjects, with little expectation of having my mind changed.