Update 1: The multicultural science museum: Inclusivity and accessibility

As of today I am four weeks into my internship. My role is essentially to assess/audit the current inclusivity and accessibility efforts, programs, and structures at the museum. Inclusivity and accessibility are complex and multifaceted concepts: ultimately, they entail attempting to account for and understand every aspect of human experience and identity . Pretty simple, right? I […]

Abstract: National Myth in Fantasy Literature

In a letter to a publisher in 1956, J.J.R. Tolkien claims that in writing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion he hoped to create a national mythology for England, rooted in Anglo-Saxon and Norse lore. Even though later in the very same letter the creator of Middle-Earth acknowledges this urge as “absurd,” the sentiment remains […]

Abstract: Multicultural Festivals and the Treatment of Diversity in Rural and Semirural American Communities

According to the Migration Policy Institute and the U.S. Census Bureau, the immigrant population in the United States in 1970 numbered 9.6 million. In 2013, that number more than quadrupled to 41.3 million. Thanks to this influx of individuals with global roots, cultural and ethnic diversity in America has become a far more visible and […]