Beneath The Stairs

Featured Artwork: Adrian Delgado We used to rent out the basement in my house. There, through the golden columns and bronze pyramids of despair and dreams they strode in. The pearl painted chippings of lands that once were laid at their feet. Underneath their soles were eternities of ancestors waiting for their return. They carried…

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Things Teachers Need to Unlearn

Featured Illustration: Anna and Elena Balbusso What makes a great teacher? One will find several responses to this question. There is, however, one thing that no one tells you: if you don’t decide to do things differently, you’re going nowhere as a teacher. So, what exactly does it mean to unlearn something? ‘Unlearning’ is the…

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Nature Through a Romantic’s Lens

Featured Artwork: ‘Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct’ by Théodore Géricault As time moves forward, we distance ourselves further away from past ideologies and lifestyles. Intellectual movements become preserved in textbooks, and their products end up framed in museums. Values of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modernism are scrutinized and criticized by students aiming to submit provoking…

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Unburdening From Intergenerational Trauma: A First-Gen Journey

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed First-generation immigrant household. South Asian. Eldest daughter. I am sure that some of you are more than familiar with the life that that entails. Many of us have grown up hearing how our parents’ and grandparents’ generation struggled to create a better life for us having moved halfway across the…

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The Subtleties of Body-Shaming (Explained by a Therapist)

Featured Illustration: Sherrin George “Do I look fat?” “You’re so skinny, you should eat more!” “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” “Real women have curves.” “She looks pregnant.” ‘You look so skinny in that dress!” “Did you lose weight? You look great!” “Have you been working out? Your butt looks so big!” You might be surprised…

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Maryland and D.C. are 100% Part of “The South” but We Should Talk About It

Featured Image: ‘Baltimore, MD’, Mike Von It is recommended to read this article with a U.S. map. During a trip to New Orleans, I had the great opportunity to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Ogden claims to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern Art, with artists from states such…

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Why Don’t We Take Women as Seriously as Men?

Featured Illustration: Zulfa Ishak For several weeks or so, I wasn’t sure how to begin writing this piece. This is very much a stream-of-consciousness essay where I will be attempting to tell a narrative that is quite difficult to swallow after 2020. But I believe in any case, a personal anecdote always does the trick,…

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Seasonal Poetry

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed I am told Europe is beautiful in the summer Indian summers try their best to melt you to the ground. How shall I compare thy summer’s day to mine? Our flowers are scorched under the sun The same sun that shines so benevolently on you This same flower that smiles…

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