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I’m a Skidmore Student, class of 2014 here to answer your questions and talk to you about Skidmore, no filter, no strings attached, anything. So, fire away. I’m a Tour Guide, SO I know a pretty solid amount about the place ;) I’m a Dance Performance/Sociology double major and a Gender Studies minor, I sing in an acappella group, serve on SGA, and am in a bunch of clubs :)

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One College Is Offering a Very Serious Class on Miley Cyrus

Die-hard Miley fans and pop culture junkies, you might want to clear your schedules: Skidmore College is offering a summer course on “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus." 

A look through the course outline proves the syllabus is not filled with YouTube clips of twerking and enormous foam fingers. The class earnestly addresses the topic of Miley — and a sincere look at her cultural relevance is well worthy of a college course. 

Professor Carolyn Chernoff, who is teaching the class, explains in her course description that they will "explore core issues of intersectionality theory, looking at race, class and gender, as well as a feminist critique of media, using Miley as a lens through which to explore sociological thinking about identity, entertainment, media and fame.”

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Skidmore and Single

So, hey followers! Long time no speak. Just wanted to know what was up with me lately. One thing is I’ve recently been dumped. It’s not so bad, we’re still friends the issue was just time and we started losing feelings for each other.  Shit happens. Which means cute awesomesauce guys, and some girls, I’m single and ready to mingle! Jk, well sorta. 

Anyway, this weekend I went up to Skidmore College. For those of you who don’t know Skidmore College is a small liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, NY and just fabulous. It’s known for being an artsy type of school, especially with their philosophy, “Creative Thought Matters”, but there’s more to Skidmore than that. The professors are incredible and funny and enthusiastic about what they study, students are even more enthusiastic about learning and helping each other out. Very interdisciplinary. First time I’ve met a Theater/Geoscience major and Dance/Sociology major like ever. Speaking of, my tour guides were amazing, I love you Sydney and Kathryn. But anyway, my experience was great and I highly recommend Skidmore if you like small schools, with great faculty, and student-teacher relationships, with an intellectual friendly close-knit student community.


Throwback Thursday: Wells College Library

When asked to name his best building, architect Walter Netsch of SOM cited the Louis Jefferson Long Library at Wells College in Aurora, New York, completed in 1968. Of the library, he said: “I wanted to work with the environment, so I made it fit the site. In fact, the first design fit the site so well that I had to do the roof over again. … It also fit the concept of what a library should be — a place where you study, put the book on the floor, and read on the floor or on pillows. It’s not regimented. It has volume, it has space and perception. It has small rooms that you can go to, especially on the bridge. And it has native materials. It has brick and wood. So I felt it did all those things, plus. It’s the first time we took three rotated squares and made them work together as a triad. The design of the library is different than any other field theory building because it’s based on that triad.”


Corita said that ads and billboards were the carriers of man’s loves, hopes, and beliefs, and that she was restoring life to words by taking them back from advertising. For Corita, “the big G” wasn’t General Mills, it was God; the dots on the Wonder Bread wrapper weren’t a decorative element, they were hosts. But her work was not a commentary or criticism of mass-market commercialism, as some may read it today. Her work was about joy and, she said, giving people an idea of what harmony might look like.

If she were alive today, I’m sure Corita would still be an advocate for social justice and creating work with a message. I’m sure she would be delighted to communicate with people all over the world through social media. For Corita, looking was a spiritual act and she would invite you to do that: just look.

Corita Kent, An Artist Who Sees Holiness in Wonder Bread

All images: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photographs by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College


Zaria Forman (USA)

“The inspiration for my drawings began in early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography.” After her formal training at Skidmore college, Zaria Forman now exhibits extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.

[more Zaria Forman | artist found at leslieseuffert]

I rarely identify as a feminist alone, as I am ever aware of the markedness of blackness. Thus, with every tweet I am concerned about the ramifications, the blowback from living my politics in an unbounded public space. It feels professionally and personally risky to simply speak the truth of my life.
—  Robin Nelson , biological anthropologist at Skidmore College, talking to columnist Barbara J. King about the perils of public feminism.