The Clash of Power Politics, Social Constructions of Religion & Cultural Competency

“Cultures should be preserved to keep groups separate, because cultural hybridity generates conflict and instability.” “Culture should be preserved in order to rectify patterns of domination and symbolic injury involving the misrecognition and oppression of some cultures by others.” (The Claims of Culture, Benhabib, 2002) ********************************************************************** The statements above, from both sides of the aisle, agree on […]

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Whitney F. Martinez Presents:War Zone Round 2: Military Veterans, Race & Incarceration

I recently shared my APPAM Conference selected poster presentation “War Zone Round 2: Veterans, Race & Incarceration with with my colleagues at OBSA’s Black Intersections Conference at Claremont Graduate University! In honor of this work being offered publishing opportunities since being presented, here is a link to the abstract via the APPAM website: [https://appam.confex.com/appam/2017/webprogram/Paper21705.html] & […]

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Phenomenal Voices: The Pivotal Role of the Performing Arts [🎶|🎤] in Higher Education [🎓|📚]

P H E N O M E N A L  V– ocalize our passions & experiences O– ccupy academic settings with performing arts medium I– nclude all voices conducive to enhancing the college experience C-reate forms of artistic expression E– xpress commitment & gratitude for the arts S– erve the people through performance & community […]

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Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

In the era of post-9/11 politics, the contentious questions of identity, religion, and human rights center increasingly on the topics of the contested universal human rights framework, cultural relativism, and the role of Islam. The readings this week put the spotlight on women & their status during such a time, where their marginalization is either […]

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World Wide Woman [👑] On A Mission [💁🏽|🌍]: 10 Countries [✈️|🗺], 10 Academic Papers [📚|📝] & 10 Impromptu Performances Later [🎤|🎶]

✨World Wide Woman [👑] On A Mission [💁🏽|🌍]: 10 Countries [✈️|🗺], 10 Academic Papers [📚|📝] & 10 Impromptu Performances Later [🎤|🎶] ✨ ✨”Wisdom, in my opinion, is the willingness to live the questions of life with an acceptance of no immediate answer.”✨ You cannot rely on others to believe your dreams before you do. They […]

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What kind of “clash” is it?

What kind of ‘clash’ is it? Our discussion will be putting in perspective                                            the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from various dimensions in search for                                             peace-making in the Middle East. Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Allin, Dana H. and Steven N. Simon, “Trump and the Holy Land: First, […]

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Why Does the Middle East Matter?

  In his book A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin emphasizes that,“the fall of the Ottoman Empire was one of the history’s major upheavals. It was a political earthquake. As he third millennium and the first century dawned, we need to look into the lesson learned. The redrawing of the borderlines of the […]

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The Western Lens That Blinds : An Analysis of Edward Said’s Orientalism

  Edward Said’s Orientalism argues how misconceptions and stereotype images have dominated the narratives of the “orientalist”, who perceived the Middle East & Islam through the conceptual lenses of Samuel Huntington’s, where clashes are inevitable. Said argues on that, “Orientalism’s failure to have been a human, as much as an intellectual one; for in having […]

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