On Race and Medieval Studies

by Medievalists of Color   Medieval studies is increasingly acknowledging realities of race and racism in the profession—reflected in everything from the call to recognize that racism is inherent in the very use of the term “Anglo-Saxon”; to Richard Spencer and the so-called alt-right’s cooptation of Western European medieval studies to buttress their white supremacist ideology; […]

Multiracial Identity Today

by Rachele Byrd, Shivani Dayal, and Molly Hoyer   Between 1990 and 2000, the percentage of babies in the US born to two parents of different races rose significantly, from 5 to 9 percent. This increase is part of a larger trend in the United States that, over the course of the last thirty years, […]

Race at Wellesley

by Rachele Byrd, Shivani Dayal, and Molly Hoyer   We would like to believe that our education system is a meritocracy—that those who are most deserving will be offered a spot at the nation’s most prestigious institutions. That ideal, however, has hardly ever been the reality of the matter. Over the centuries, various ethnic groups […]

The Women’s March

by Cecilia Barreto, Aditi Joshi, Alexa Kasner, and Ixchel Lopez   The Women’s March on Washington, at its highest level was coordinated and led by women of color—many of whom are activists in their local communities. Women such as Linda Sarsour, a Muslim activist focuses her activism on the rise of Islamophobia in the United […]

What are Genes?

The Pseudo-Science of Race in the Enlightenment by Molly Hoyer, Shivani Dayal, and Rachele Byrd   When studying the Enlightenment, the self-professed Age of Reason presents a challenge: because intellectual thought during this time period was based entirely around reason and objectivity, the era is associated with significant scientific and academic progress. Kant’s major works are […]

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