2018 Student Commencement Speech Claremont Graduate University Ms. Whitney F. Martinez, MA, MBA, CGS *I am honored to have my original work selected by university administrators, amongst 10 other submissions, to serve as the 2018 student commencement speech. All of the late nights & early mornings that it took to be completed satisfied with the […]Read More Claremont Graduate University 2018 Student Commencement Address
“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 […]Read More The Clash of Power Politics, Social Constructions of Religion & Cultural Competency
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] & […]Read More Whitney F. Martinez Presents:War Zone Round 2: Military Veterans, Race & Incarceration
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 […]Read More Phenomenal Voices: The Pivotal Role of the Performing Arts [🎶|🎤] in Higher Education [🎓|📚]
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 […]Read More Do Muslim Women Need Saving?
✨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 […]Read More World Wide Woman [👑] On A Mission [💁🏽|🌍]: 10 Countries [✈️|🗺], 10 Academic Papers [📚|📝] & 10 Impromptu Performances Later [🎤|🎶]
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, […]Read More Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What kind of “clash” is it?
Who are the Kurds? Will there ever be a Kurdish state? Liam Anderson & Gareth Stanfield, The Future of Iraq. Chapter 7: “The Kurds,” pp. 155-183. Andrew Tabler, The Lines that Bind: 100 Years of Sykes-Picot. “Iraq: Identifying a Steady State,” by Michael Knights, pp. 26-31. “Ending a Century […]Read More The Kurdish Conflict: Iraq, Turkey & Oil
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 […]Read More Why Does the Middle East Matter?
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 […]Read More The Western Lens That Blinds : An Analysis of Edward Said’s Orientalism