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David Wojnarowicz By Peter Hujar (1981), Kieran Binney May 2019

David Wojnarowicz By Peter Hujar (1981), Kieran Binney

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The poem is an ekphrastic piece, meaning it was inspired by a work of art — in this case, a portrait of David Wojnarowicz, photographed by Peter Hujar in 1981. Both Wojnarowicz and Hujar were prominent artists and gay activists in the 1970s and 80s, during the height of the AIDS crisis, and both died of AIDS-related illnesses.

I originally picked this portrait to write about for a class assignment simply because it was a striking image, but as I looked into Wojnarowicz’s background I grew more interested in both his life and the time in which he lived, and ...


Like Mother, Like Daughter, Savannah Fox-Tree Mcgrath May 2019

Like Mother, Like Daughter, Savannah Fox-Tree Mcgrath

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My motivation for this piece was to shed light on what it is like growing up with a heritage, knowing it from your experience and family, and yet, having people challenge you your whole life to prove it. No one questions my German, Irish, or Finnish ethnicity, but, since I don’t match the stereotype of a Native American, I am constantly challenged.The image on my painting depicts my twin sister, Indigo, the only one of us five kids to have blonde hair and blue eyes, from my mother’s mother and my father’s mother and father. Having ...


Front Cover May 2019

Front Cover

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Table Of Contents May 2019

Table Of Contents

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Letter From The Editor May 2019

Letter From The Editor

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A summary of the second issue of New and Dangerous Ideas.


Two Cents, Sam Avila May 2019

Two Cents, Sam Avila

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I took a Literature class a couple of years ago where we read different poems and short stories that focused on the Civil Rights Movement as well as social justice as a broader theme. I remember reading the poem “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall, which magnified the emotions of African-American families in a powerful piece of literature. When I read that piece, I fell in love with writing again and I wanted to share stories through literature.

I wrote this piece because it was a way for me to reflect on a society that can act so hateful towards ...


That Is So Gay, Daniel Nemec May 2019

That Is So Gay, Daniel Nemec

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The piece I created shows the complex and varied subject that is identity, specifically pertaining to the queer community.


The United States Healthcare System Keeps Failing Black Women, Vanessa Malkia May 2019

The United States Healthcare System Keeps Failing Black Women, Vanessa Malkia

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Writing this piece, I was pushed by the anger I constantly feel anytime I am reminded of the state of black women’s health in our country. As a black woman in a world that constantly reminds black people that we do not matter, hearing about the negative experiences black women face at the hands of healthcare professionals is incredibly frightening. It begs this question to be asked: Where are we safe? Racism (racist beliefs and acts) has real repercussions that sometimes put minoritized groups in deadly situations.

Due to a combination of implicit bias and structural inequalities, black women ...


This Is Not A Woman's Body, Av Binns May 2019

This Is Not A Woman's Body, Av Binns

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I was inspired to create this drawing while learning about the AIDS crisis, and the use of human bodies in acts of civil disobedience calling for government recognition and medical support of people living with AIDS. The queer community, with limited financial and political support, used their bodies for tools of resistance and visibility. Queer bodies were not only tools for marching and blocking streets; they were evidence of the severity of the issue at hand. AIDS was hard to ignore when it was gathered in the streets. Decades later, queer bodies remain an essential tool of advocacy for the ...


What Is The Opportunity Cost And Burden Of Confronting Oppression In And Out Of Classroom?, Beza Tadess May 2019

What Is The Opportunity Cost And Burden Of Confronting Oppression In And Out Of Classroom?, Beza Tadess

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I was inspired to write this piece because at many points in my college career, I have felt exploited by the hands of white patriarchy that deemed the issues that I faced in and out of the classroom as my own to solve. This piece is my heart and intellect in order for me to leave this institution feeling like someone with power will be forced to hear it. I did not write this piece with the intention of inciting pity but rather to start a conversation with the larger university and higher education community about the ways in which ...


A Poem For A Small Town Queer Kid, Indigo Martin May 2019

A Poem For A Small Town Queer Kid, Indigo Martin

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I wrote this piece originally for myself. It was a healing piece about coming to terms with my past and embracing it. Embracing my past is important to me because being discriminated against, being put in violent situations, experiencing microaggressions, and being made to feel like less than a human being has made me stronger. Minoritized people who do social justice work have often experienced some deep trauma. It is important to focus on healing and take care of one’s mental health in order to be able to be activists for social justice.

This piece opens with my experiences ...


Would You Be Comfortable Living With Someone Who Identifies As Homophobic? May 2019

Would You Be Comfortable Living With Someone Who Identifies As Homophobic?

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Entering college for the first time is a very exciting time. You are starting a new chapter of your life, meeting new people, and living independently. While I had the same anxieties that many have over making friends and adjusting to college life, I could not have been prepared for the experience of my freshman year. My first semester at Roger Williams was a very dark time. I cannot express how harmful it is to be excluded and disliked in your living space because of a part of yourself which you cannot change. I was fortunate that I was able ...


Zine Team Advisors And Members Of Faculty Selection Committee May 2019

Zine Team Advisors And Members Of Faculty Selection Committee

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Artist Statements May 2019

Artist Statements

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Statements of artistic creations and ideas.


New And Dangerous Ideas Back Cover May 2019

New And Dangerous Ideas Back Cover

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Ancestry, Indigo Martin Apr 2019

Ancestry, Indigo Martin

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Ancestry websites like 23 and Me or Ancestry.com remove the culture and the meaning behind the concept of ancestry. Ancestry as a concept means looking back at the culture we come from and the ways of life that shaped our ancestors. With queerness, ancestry cannot be traced through bloodlines. It is a passing down of culture through word of mouth. This culture has not been preserved over time but rather erased. This piece is a social commentary on the erased culture of queerness and showing the culture and what has kept it hidden. As someone who identifies as both ...


Table Of Contents May 2018

Table Of Contents

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Photocopy of the Table of Contents.


A Guy Named Harry, Jon Hope May 2018

A Guy Named Harry, Jon Hope

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My intent was to create something that spoke directly to the people in my community. I think many times, artists who come from obscure places try to follow trends of other major cities and that doesn’t necessarily yield the best results. I decided to create a record that included our own language, spirit and culture. It was one of the few times that the outcome matched my intent and that is very challenging for a songwriter.


Zine Team Advisors And Members Of Faculty Selection Committee May 2018

Zine Team Advisors And Members Of Faculty Selection Committee

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Magma Snolf At Rest, Badr Algasem May 2018

Magma Snolf At Rest, Badr Algasem

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This piece is my attempt exercise agency in naming my identity: I am a Snolf.


Letter From The Editor, Lily Schenk May 2018

Letter From The Editor, Lily Schenk

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A summary of the first issue of New and Dangerous Ideas.


Dear Students Of Color, Melissa Mota May 2018

Dear Students Of Color, Melissa Mota

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Why are we hated for the things that we cannot control? Why is the killing of a black man just another sequel? Why don’t black lives matter?


Nasty, Paulina Kobylar May 2018

Nasty, Paulina Kobylar

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There are numerous ways to combat institutionalized oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and violence. One way just so happens to be through the art. This piece explores identity groups who are discriminated against every day, which President Trump has only emphasized through his actions and words. It questions why the history of our country has divided people by the color of their skin, why powerful men can say what they please about the female body, why heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation, why people should fall on either side of a gender binary, and why violence has continually ...


On Apocalypses: 11.9.16, Raffi Altman-Allen May 2018

On Apocalypses: 11.9.16, Raffi Altman-Allen

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I wrote this piece as my way of trying to come to terms with the most recent presidential election. I needed to process how weird it was that something so impactful and terrible had happened, but everyday life didn't stop existing. My hope is that this poem will offer encouragement to those of us involved in social justice work in the wake of the election. I would also want this to act as an acknowledgment that in other places in the world people are living in war-zones, surrounded constantly by death and destruction, and still get up in the ...


Afrobeat, Elfreda Hoff May 2018

Afrobeat, Elfreda Hoff

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My dance is called Afrobeat. You may ask, what is Afrobeat? Afrobeat is a unique style of dance and popular music embracing elements of African music, jazz, soul, and funk. I used a mixture of African songs that focus on romance, self-love, and acceptance. I ended my dance with a powerful song that talks about always pushing through no matter what the struggles and hard times will be.


Black Life Mater: Debunked!, Asia A. Carter-Lamb May 2018

Black Life Mater: Debunked!, Asia A. Carter-Lamb

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The Black Lives Matter movement emerged in 2012 to combat racial targeting after the death of Trayvon Martin. The purpose of the movement, according to the Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles, is to serve as “an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” and “an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” From meetings with Democratic National Convention leaders, to attending a meeting at the White House at the invitation of the President, the Black Lives Matter movement ...


No Te Pierda, Xante Chalwell May 2018

No Te Pierda, Xante Chalwell

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The Dominican Republic is globally portrayed as a paradise. Tourists flock from every corner of the earth to experience the glamorized side of the Dominican Republic. However, few venture out to the reality. The reality that is a two-tier caste system, exemplified by the city of Punta Cana. Security guards and gates separate the two starkly different realities of this nation.


Prisoner Of America, Kat Vicente May 2018

Prisoner Of America, Kat Vicente

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I wanted to expose the fact that many understand that we do not live in a just world but they do nothing to fight against it either, which makes them part of the problem. It just shows that you can know something is wrong, but if you chose not to do anything about it, then you have sided with the oppressors.


Lotus Blossom, Meg Dela Dingco May 2018

Lotus Blossom, Meg Dela Dingco

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In making Lotus Blossom, I hoped to bring light to the fact that Asians do face racism and how Asian women, in particular, have been fetishized. There are many misconceptions that racism is only violent in specific ways, such as the genocide of Indigenous people or much of America being built on the slavery of Blacks and African Americans. Through lotus blossom, I wanted to show that racism isn't based only on physical violence (although I did cover the demographics of Asians when it comes to being victims of sexual assault), it is also about history.


Sensuality, Sara Slowik May 2018

Sensuality, Sara Slowik

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My quilt is an intimate object that explores sexuality, feminism, beauty, and the vulnerability of women. I explored these topics through hand-stitching sensual images onto squares of fabric, which I then sewed into a quilt. There is a conflicting connection between the security of a quilt and the vulnerability of the images. In my Mixed Media class, I explored the ways in which society's views on nudity causes tension between security and vulnerability. Sensuality is a taboo topic, yet it fills the media. Where is the line between sexualizing women and embracing their bodies and beauty? This quilt was ...