Decolonize

Today I wanted to provide a brief crash course in the decolonizing movement in relation to my current work which falls within bioethics and the sociology of education. “Sociology arises alongside a self-understanding of the world” (Bhambra, 2016) What is the decolonizing movement? Decolonizing efforts: Argue that there is a silenced view of the world/worldContinue reading “Decolonize”

Am I being socially-responsible?

I received an email I found alarming last weekend. I knew when I began my research that I was touching upon very charged topics. My aim was, and has always been, to try and look at how contemporary genetics research does/might engage with notions of equity in a country that divides its citizens along raceContinue reading “Am I being socially-responsible?”

Big Pharma: Deception and Manipulation Increase Revenue

Social and individual perceptions dictate the discourse surrounding illness, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. Stigma, stereotypes, and assumptions determine the quality of care one receives not only in the medical field, but more generally in society. Public opinion and public relations mold the ways in which health care functions. The role outlets such as theContinue reading “Big Pharma: Deception and Manipulation Increase Revenue”

Genetics-Infused Education Research: What Can and Can’t Knowledge of Genetics Bring to Education?

This week’s blog post is simply to redirect you to a collaborative project I’ve been working on for the past year. If I’ve learned anything from this project, it’s that ‘adversarial collaboration’ is a good thing- how else can we expect to move our own academic/moral/ethical beliefs and agendas forward if not to try andContinue reading “Genetics-Infused Education Research: What Can and Can’t Knowledge of Genetics Bring to Education?”

Black Minds Matter

Thank you, G for sharing this YouTube channel with me! Among the videos was this one, which is incredibly relevant to my work: The topic for the talk shared above was “Ascription of Intelligence.” Teacher perceptions of a student have been shown to impact a child’s academic achievement and likelihood of being referred for gifted educationContinue reading “Black Minds Matter”

Social Movements & Illness

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. As today is MLK day, I thought this might be a good moment to talk about social movements. Social movements are in many waysContinue reading “Social Movements & Illness”

Years that ask questions, years that answer.

“Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost… I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance.” – Zora Neale Hurston Happy birthday to Zora Neale Hurston, the novelist, folklorist, dramatist, and anthropologist who was almost lost to our collective memory. Eve Ewing, when reflectingContinue reading “Years that ask questions, years that answer.”