Moments in Humanities

Moments in Humanities

Each term I try very hard to stay connected with students by offering them moments outside the textbook. I usually do the assignments with students, as a way to stay up to date on the topic and make sure what they are doing is relevant and useful. The information changes from term to term, hopefully building a vast pool of knowledge for everyone to share. 

Although celebrated nationwide, Freedom Day, Jubliee Day, or Liberation Day, began as a Texas State holiday. On this day, June 19th, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger announced all slaves were now free. While the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 freed all persons from the bonds of chains, Texas was very remote and enforcement was...

If we compare and contrast two such types of women, the conservative Edwardian Woman with that of the exotic women coming out of Western Afrikan countries, they were two very different types of women in an age when traditional conservative values were challenged by the coming Fin De Siecle Era.



Tyler Perry Studios officially opened in 2006 but, it would surprise many the first African-American movie studio was founded in 1915!! The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, founded by Noble and George Johnson, was the 1st African American owned movie production company (1916 - 1921). During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Paramount, Universal, and MGM...

Evelyn Nesbit, aka the Gibson Girl. She epitomized the beauty and spirit of the French Fin De Siècle movement that swept over the early 1900s America. Women spent eons in muted clothes, dull hair, and suppressed opinions. The dawning of a new age observed women enhancing their features, embracing their inhabitations, and breaking free from...

I want to introduce you to an excerpt from the novel Picture of Dorian Grey, written in 1890 which, sums up the mood of Hedonism during the mid-1800s quite nicely:

Citizens of Hong Kong are protesting a bill that would allow the Chinese government to extradite Hong Kong citizens to China should they commit a crime on China soil.