Every semester, Messiah College hosts a retreat called the RISE retreat to inspire these students who are children of immigrants and refugees by introducing them to higher education. The theme of this semester’s retreat was creativity, so some of my peers and I planned a poetry workshop for the students. The workshop began by reading… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students
Eve is the primary representation of femininity in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. There are other feminine characters, such as Sin, as well as concepts or objects given feminine characterization, such as light and the earth. Given the Biblical account of creation and Milton’s historical and cultural context, there is little reason, literary or otherwise, for… Continue reading Femininity Lost
As the first African-American woman novelist, Harriet Wilson wrote in the shadow of two intersecting oppressions: racism and sexism. In the title page of her roman à clef Our Nig, she offers an alternative title: “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even… Continue reading Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”
Living on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, I am only a few minutes from the Badlands and a little over an hour from the Black Hills. I recently got the chance to explore both beautiful national parks, as well as some other places that have captured my heart. Here are just a few… Badlands… Continue reading SoDak Must-Sees
This summer I worked for YouthWorks organizing an afternoon Kids Club in Manderson, South Dakota. I was given materials and lesson plans, but was responsible for implementing and scaffolding the curriculum for a variety of ages, skill levels, and interests. Every day we had story time, parachute games, and crafts, then on Thursday we celebrated… Continue reading Kids Club Curriculum
After a week of training in Minneapolis, I am finally in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. My job with Youthworks is Kid’s Club Coordinator. Every week we will have youth from around the country to learn about Lakota history and culture and serve in the community. I will be facilitating a day camp for community kids… Continue reading South Dakota Summer
As of last week, I am halfway complete with my undergraduate degree in English with a teaching certificate in grades 7-12. This year was transformational for me in many ways. I spent fall semester studying abroad in Rwanda, where I took courses on the 1994 Genocide, African Religions, Economic Development, and Cultural Arts. I taught… Continue reading Where in the world is Kelly?