Category: donald trump

“Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

Before I left Norway last June, Brianne Jaquette and I worked on a piece that looked at the administration’s numerous references to Norway over the past few years. Just this past week, Mike Pompeo stated, “We just want Iran to behave more like a normal country, to be like Norway.” In this piece, Brianne and I argue that using Norway is a referent is much more … Read More “Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

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False Hope and False Fear

Todd Robertson took this picture in 1992 in Gainesville, GA. This past Tuesday, Gainesville’s representative (Doug Collins) stood on the house floor and shouted down Rep. Eric Swalwell as he read off all of the racist comments and actions from Trump (birthirism, comments about a Mexican judge being unable to rule because of his ethnicity, saying immigrants from Mexico are rapists, comments about immigrants … Read More False Hope and False Fear

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The Continued Importance of “X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills”

Recently, someone suggested I take a look at Chris Claremont and Brent Eric Anderson’s X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982). After reading, I came away noting the number of similarities between the 36 year old graphic novel and the present moment. In an interview on the 35th anniversary of its publication, Claremont and Anderson, along with interviewer Alex Abad-Santos, talk about the correlations between … Read More The Continued Importance of “X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills”

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How Did Our Ancestors “Tame” a Continent?

Last week, Donald Trump delivered the commencement address at the Naval Academy. There, he stated that “our ancestors tamed a continent,” and he followed this statement up by adding, “we are not going to apologize for America.” What does this mean? What does it mean to “tame” a continent? What does it mean to be so sure of your achievements that you do not … Read More How Did Our Ancestors “Tame” a Continent?

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Nadav Kander’s Portrait of Donald Trump and Visual Analysis

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Ruddy Roye’s photograph of Robert Scott and the Shack Up Inn. Today, I want to briefly touch on how we can incorporate another image from latter part of 2016 into the classroom. The same week that Time named Ruddy Roye its Instagram photographer of the year, the publication named Donald Trump its 2016 person of the … Read More Nadav Kander’s Portrait of Donald Trump and Visual Analysis

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Why We Teach: Literature and the Presidential Election

In the Republic, Plato famously claims that there is a longstanding quarrel between philosophy and poetry, even stating that poets are nothing more than imitators and cannot relate truth to their audience, thus perverting them: “the tragic poet is an imitator, and therefore, like all other imitators, he is thrice removed from the king and from the truth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Nature (1836), … Read More Why We Teach: Literature and the Presidential Election