Showing posts from 2016

SAMO: Art as a Langauge

As the daughter of a travel writer/almost art history major, I have been to more than my fair share of museums and collections dominated by Western art. I've gawked at Bernini's in Rome, Constable's works in London, and portrait after portrait of extravagantly dressed king in Portugal. So imagine how my Western-art trained eyes and ears perked up when I heard Michele Wright pose the question, "What is the role of the black artist?"

For my SAMO, myself, Kelsey, Bryn Muraff, Ava Izenstark, and Travis Siegel headed downtown for a cultural experience before heading downtown to Skid Row in our performance of Little Shop of Horrors that evening. We attended the Museum of Contemporary Art's Art and Life Talk, lead by New Yorker writer Hilton Als, University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart, and Northwestern professor Michelle M. Wright. All three of these individuals of color were extremely well versed on the topics discussed and gave interesting viewpoints …

US: Ex-Detainees Describe Unreported CIA Torture

Gillian Redstone Henrich CST 473 4-5 B 23 September 2016 CIA Tortures Without Reason and Releases Without Compensation Two Tunisian men,  Ridha al-Najjar, 51, and Lotfi al-Arabi El Gherissi, 52, were both held by the CIA for over 13 years when they were finally released with zero charges and zero compensation. Najjar was initially taken into custody in 2002 because he was identified as one of bin Laden’s security guards. After undergoing torture such as waterboarding, beating with a baton, and being hung from the ceiling by their wrists, both men are destitute and have significant issues in their lives due to the American torture the experienced. When HRW brought up the topic of these men’s torture to the CIA, a CIA spokesperson said that none of what was claimed actually ever occurred.
The reason why HRW is concerned about this problem is that it shows how little t…

Sunday Brunch vs Nasty Chicken Fingers

“But what happened to doing tech theatre at NYU?” I desperately asked my friend Dani, after hearing she was no longer even planning to apply to her dream school. 

“That’s a really great dream for a someone who can afford 70k a year,” she replied. “But it can’t even be an option for me.”

My first reaction was disbelief. I couldn’t imagine my parents not supporting my passions financially. I’d attended lesson after masterclass after summer program to further my extracurriculars. The idea of my parents saying, “You can’t go, it’s just too expensive” was unknown to me.

“Have you looked at Tulane? I can totally picture you there and I’m sure you could stay with my sister if you went down to-”
“Gillian,” she cut me off. “I can’t afford to just jet down to New Orleans for the weekend like you can.”

This experience was the first step in my cycle of liberation, or my “waking up” as Bobbie Harro might put it. It became apparent to me that even within my own wealthy community, I was closer to …

Gillian's Decalogue

Gillian's TEN Rules to Live By

1. Always LOVE and make time for fam{ily}.  2. Surround yourself with people who make you a better person.  3. Never stop being, SILLY, but know when to be mature.  4. Let music never stop being a part of who you are. 5. Learn about & travel the world as if it is rapidly disappearing.  6. Five minutes early is on time.  7. Help those who need it- and without feeling like they now owe you.  8. Never underestimate the power of email.  9. Eat the food that makes you feel royal.  10. Advocate for yourself.