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SAMO: Art as a Langauge

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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

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Gillian Redstone Henrich CST 473 4-5 B 23 September 2016 CIA Tortures Without Reason and Releases Without Compensation https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/10/03/us-ex-detainees-describe-unreported-cia-torture 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPCER8xSxKc
The reason why HRW is concerned about this problem is that it shows how little t…