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Spring 2013 Journal

The Spring 2013 edition of The Journal was the first edition to be put online. For past editions of The Journal visit the archives. For the current edition of The Journal visit our homepage.

Note from the Editors

Spring 2013

Dear Reader,

When we first met to discuss our vision for The Journal last June, we had many questions: How would we expand readership? How would we become a stronger presence on campus? How would we get more submissions? How would we become the respected and competitive journal the MALS program needed and deserved? We set out to not only find the answers, but implement them. We are pleased to announce The Journal now has an ISSN. It is also sitting on shelves at Duke, Stanford, Indiana, South Bend, and Skidmore. Our contributors have entered contests and they have gone on to publish their research. For this issue alone, we received over one hundred submissions in fiction, screen plays, poetry, essays, reviews, ethnographic studies, analyses, and photography. In short, The Journal is taking flight.

Therefore we wish to thank those who made this entire enterprise possible: Dr. Donald Pease and Wole Ojurongbe, who gave us the guidance and support needed to get off the ground and maintain upward momentum; Michael Beahan, for joining our team and backing our enthusiasm and vision; Carole Webber and Amy Gallagher for all their wonderful help and patience; the professors who encouraged students to submit; those who let us speak in their classes, meetings, and seminars. A big thank you to our submitters and our readers, for without both we would not be moving forward.

In this issue you will find poems about desire, lacking, inability and unknowing. You will find stories on identity and analyses on how to achieve a better world. As we read through the submissions, we began to see that each piece, in its own unique way, wants something. Wants freedom. Wants peace. Wants to move. Wants to help. Wants to fix. Wants to improve. We found ourselves thinking, isn't that where all change starts? Where potential lives? In the moment where a want is recognized?

Because Jamaal and I will be graduating in June, it is with great sentiment that we say good bye. We hope you enjoyed these past two issues; we had a great time working with so many wonderful people, reading through so many smart submissions, and designing and publishing a truly unique journal.

Katie & Jamaal

Editors-in-Chief Associate Editor Editors
Kathryn Alexa Moritz
R. Jamaal Downey
Keri Wolfe Henry Paige
Erin Tiernan
Thea Calitri-Martin
Sebastian Galbo
Preston McBride

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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing track gives students the opportunity to engage in non-fiction, fiction, personal essay, screenwriting, poetry and journalism projects. Below are the articles from the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal. Hover over the title of the article for more information.

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Paola Ortega
When Vannessa Johnson, a young Caucasian girl from Utah, strolls into Mrs. Lopez' third grade class with her strawberry blonde hair and freckles, the narrator, an immigrant girl of Dominican descent who is accustomed to interacting exclusively with African American and Hispanic children in the inner city of Miami, Florida, suddenly becomes self conscious about her own race, her deficient skills in English, and her position in the class as one of the smartest students. The narrator shuns Vannessa and dubs her "The Outsider." She soon finds herself in a moral dilemma when faced with the choice of abandoning Vannessa Johnson to her possible death or going to her rescue. "Outsider" is a glimpse into the narrator's world of perceptions, a snapshot of the ways in which race infiltrates elementary classrooms and childhood identity formation, and an invitation for readers of all backgrounds to recollect their early encounters with moral issues that transcend childhood into adulthood. More . . .


Emily Richardson

"I've spent much of my life
turning around, retracing my steps.
I can't read maps very well and
following them is even more of a challenge. . ."
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Desire, Diary & Tiresias's Confession

Gerevich Andràs

"Desire is a cramped, fusty apartment
noisy with highway traffic;
scents line up before the mirror
but the fridge is empty, the handle sticky. . ."
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Tell the Wind My Secrets

Laurie Laker

"We are like trees.
We brave the elements,
simply for the sake of living,
bending to whatever winds may blow. . ."
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At the Vacant, Dirty Sheets

Matthew Berkshire

"I awoke from the dream startled.
The bedroom was oh so very cold. . ."
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Bridget Herrera

Headdress of fronds
Whose plantain trees reign over the island. . ."
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Why I Hate Hang-Ups

Cinnamon Spear

"That click stirs silence
Echoes in my ear
Until I hear
My mother screaming. . ."
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Niusha Shodja
". . .Vozara is the detention of detentions, where you're not just filed a record, but jailed, known for un-Islamic arrests, reasons being attendance at a 'mixed' party, alcohol consumption, 'bad' hijab- which can mean anything from a good deal of makeup, a too short manteaux, too many strands of hair showing from under your scarf, or just plain bad luck and an unforgiving officer. . . I sat on the cold floor with my feet at a forty five degree angle tiptoe in my heels and my knees tucked beneath my chin in the windowless room, painted white over brick, the closest link to the outside the barred door."

The short story, Detention, provides a commentary on gender inequality in Tehran, Iran as seen through the eyes of a twenty-four year old young lady. One evening, after attending a college party, she finds herself in the Vozara Women's Detention Center. While in the center, she reflects upon modern social practices, detailing her relationship with her boyfriend and the events that lead her there. More . . .

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Cultural Studies

The Cultural Studies track allows students to explore diverse fields such as gender studies, ethnic studies, media & performance studies, post-colonial studies and many other topics. Below are the articles from the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal. Hover over the title of the article for more information.

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"God is shaking me": Televangelism, Conservative Evangelism and Politics in 70s America

Sebastian Galbo
Drawing on Derrida scholar Michael Naas’ notion of the telegenic voice, this paper argues that conservative (tele)evangelism often resorted to discourses of nationalism and citizenship when broadcasting and reinforcing its political viewpoints. Historians claim that the success of conservative (tele)evangelicalism was that it provided a refuge for Americans disenchanted with the ‘American Dream’ and lost in the confusion of modernity; however, its success is also indebted to the legitimization of personal experience that was otherwise lost in the anonymity of secular modernity. Post-Watergate attitudes of suspicion led many Americans to scrutinize the ‘machinations’ of these powerful broadcasters. Conservative (tele)evangelicalism during the 70s expressed its Christian ideologies through various institutions and programs, ranging from Pat Robertson’s televised 700 Club to Jerry Falwell’s conservative think-tank, Moral Majority. More . . .

Walking Wounded: Soldiers in Transition

Jonathan Savage
Nothing is more apt to change a person than war. Studies indicate that one of every five soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq suffers from the debilitating condition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With an estimated 300,000 soldiers now afflicted by PTSD, the overseas tour represents an initial skirmish in a protracted cerebral battle fought on the home front. To many American such statistics are impersonal data, which fail to disclose the intense personal and emotional pain endured by servicemen and women reentering American society.

Transcending nameless numbers, "Walking Wounded: Soldiers in Transition" employs the medium of oral history to expose the frequently painful reality of combat veterans reintegrating into life at home. Communicating what only they understand, with pathos only they can relate, the veterans featured in this article provide dramatic glimpses into the trials, and the joys, of transition to civilian life. More . . .

Maximum Feasible Participation: The Value of Community Work Opportunities for Women in the Ongoing War on Poverty

Keri Wolfe
President Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 initiated a wide range of policies targeted at alleviating poverty in the United States of America. With this, the War on Poverty began. Low-income persons, especially mothers, capitalized upon the community work opportunities present through the War on Poverty's Community Action Program (CAP) because it matched the community organizing already present in these neighborhoods. Though this activism was rife with class and racial tensions, the CAP brought poor peoples’ organizing to the height of its support from the federal government and to one of its most successful periods of activity in the United States. The results demonstrated that local activism has been, and will continue to be, one of the most effective tools to help low-income communities meet their needs. More . . .

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Globalization Studies

The Globalization Studies track provides students with the option of exploring government, war & peace, politics, public policy, sociology, and anthropology using a global lens. Below are the articles from the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal. Hover over the title of the article for more information.

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Human Rights and the UN

Keely Badger
The Responsibility To Protect Doctrine (RtoP) looks at an emerging humanitarian norm unique to the 21st Century. It encompasses the increasing will of international actors and UN member states to call for a redefining of the traditional ‘Westphalian’ sanctity given to States within their protective boundaries, in turn, positioning the privilege of state sovereignty as first entailing a responsibility to the individual sovereigns within each and every state. Through the doctrine, established in 2005 as part of the United Nations World Summit Outcome Document (A/RES/60/1, para. 138-140), the right to sovereignty was laid out as resting on two foundational tenants. First, the inalienable human rights of individuals, and second, that governments have the primary responsibility for protecting the rights of populations. If governments abuse those rights or fail to protect those rights, power then passes to the international community to intervene in a manner consistent with the UN Charter and authorized by the Security Council. The RtoP can be implemented in response to four crimes perpetrated by the State: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. However, the principle has been applied selectively and inconsistently across several cases involving human rights abuses, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, Kenya, Gaza, Libya, Côte d'Ivoire, Yemen, South Sudan, and Syria, speaking to a multinational will that is often lacking when it comes to the upholding of universal human rights—the greatest global project of our time. More . . .

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Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies track is interdisciplinary in nature and allows students to engage in both directed and independent work on subjects that are not bound by the curricula of traditional disciplines. Below are the articles from the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal. Hover over the title of the article for more information.

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Julie Foudy: Still Advocating for Title IX

Jacqueline Williams
Speaking to a Dartmouth College audience, Julie Foudy said the landmark legislation, Title IX, is one of the most profound civil rights laws passed this century.

Title IX was passed in 1972 and required gender equality for any education program or activity receiving federal funding. Since hanging up her cleats in 2004, Foudy — a commentator with ESPN and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy — has gained a reputation as being an outspoken advocate for gender equality in sports. Though Foudy believed the anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on the great strides the legislation had made for women and sports, she used it to shed light on one reality: a large number of female athletes don’t know what Title IX is and, if they do, they have a negative perception of it. Foudy believed it was her duty to mentor young girls on life’s possibilities, show them how they could strive for something more, and provide insight into why it's okay to be different. More . . .

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The Journal includes photographs from students and alumni.

Spring 2013

Tyler Walton Julian Fenn Mara Laine
Tyler Walton Cinnamon Spear Cinnamon Spear
Cinnamon Spear Julian Fenn Tyler Walton

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Contributor Bios

Authors - Spring 2013

Gerevich Andràs was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the Eötvös University of Budapest (ELTE), and later studied Creative Writing at MALS on a Fulbright Scholarship. His third degree is in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School in Britain. Gerevich published three books of poetry in his native Hungarian: Átadom a pórázt (Handing Over the Leash, 1997), Férfiak (Men, 2005), Barátok (Friends, 2009) and is also published widely in journals. A book of his poems in English translation, Tiresias's Confession, came out in 2008. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He has been a guest at a number of international literary and poetry festivals, and several artists' residencies. Besides writing poetry Gerevich scripted several prize-winning short films produced in the UK, and his plays were performed in Budapest and read in London. He also published essays and stories, and translated a number of English-speaking poets into Hungarian, including Seamus Heaney and Frank O'Hara, and a book by the filmmaker David Lynch. He was editor for two literary journals: Kalligram in Budapest and Chroma in London, an assistant producer for the radio program Poetry by Post for the BBC World Service, and was also the chair of the József Attila Kör, the Hungarian young writers' association from 2006 for a three year term. He has taught courses in screenwriting at the Moholy Nagy University of Arts and the Eötvös University of Budapest. Now he freelances, working as a poet, screenwriter, translator and journalist.

Keely Badger focuses on the role of the United Nations' efforts to champion international law and diplomacy around universal human rights, peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention. Her research and scholarship has taken many forms. Keely's current thesis draws from the emerging discourse on youth politics in the 21st Century, bringing a critical discourse analysis to the UN's stated goals of youth empowerment and international participation in the UN forum, and the fundamental gap between implementing these stated aims, from words to deeds. Keely brings her energies and talents to a summer position at Human Rights Watch at their Development and Outreach Division in Los Angeles, CA. She hopes to merge her academic and professional pursuits through a JD in International Human Rights Law.

Matthew Berkshire is originally from Miami, FL. He is drawn to a variety of literature and poetry, and is currently experimenting with both very short and very long poems. He would also describe himself as a lunch / sandwich enthusiast.

Sebastian Galbo grew up in Williamsville, New York where he attended Niagara University. There he earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He is a first-year MALS student on the General Studies Track. He will spend this summer working as a graduate researcher at Yale University's Center for Bioethics. In his spare time he enjoys listening to opera.

Bridget Herrera is a part-time MALS student juggling life as a cashier at CVS and as a full-time single mother. Her poem, "Tiano," was her way of paying tribute to her Taino ancestors, the first Native Americans to encounter the full onslaught of conquest and colonization by Columbus and his entourage in the Caribbean. She has a Bachelor's degree from Dickinson College in the field of German Studies and she created a computerized program in Germanic Mythology as her senior thesis. During her tenure in the MALS program, her academic focus has been creative writing. Via this discipline, she has learned an eclectic style of writing, which includes dabbling in poetry, oral history, fiction and non-fiction. Each course has helped her evolve intellectually by providing a varying pallet of literary genres in which to develop her voice and style while probing deeper introspection. She is currently working on her thesis, a memoir entitled Root Awakenings.

Laurie Laker Originally from England, Laurie spent his childhood between the undulating shires of Somerset and Devon, and the rockier parts of Colorado. He arrived at Dartmouth this past fall term, having graduated in May 2012 from Colorado College where he majored in English and minored in Political Science and History. Prior to attending Colorado College, he attended the United World College of the American West (UWC-USA), where he lived and studied the International Baccalaureate curriculum with 200 students from over 80 countries. Here at Dartmouth he is a first-year MALS student on the General Studies track. Post-MALS he hopes to move either onto a PhD in English or Rhetoric or into the job market in journalism or communications.

Paola Ortega was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and migrated to Miami at the age of four. Growing up in Miami informs a lot of her writing. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Criminology from the University of Florida in 2011. She is currently concentrating in creative writing. When she wrote "Outsider," she wanted to capture a young Dominican girl's grappling with race, identity, and self-awareness as they are shaped by the cultural diversity of Miami and informed by her family's immigrant experience. She hoped that "Outsider" would invite the reader to recall his or her own earliest encounters with the moral dilemmas and social dynamics that he/she is forced to grapple with long after childhood has passed.

Emily Richardson attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Before coming to Dartmouth, she was a high school English teacher for four years, happily spending her days convincing teenagers that books are, in fact, pretty cool. In her free time, she enjoys climbing mountains and exploring the woods, baking cookies, and playing with her two dogs.

Jonathan Savage grew up in the high desert of Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed a bachelor's honors degree at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he developed a passion for the English Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century. As a graduate student in the MALS program at Dartmouth, he has focused his research on the works of the influential British author Samuel Johnson and on the oral histories of United States soldiers returning home from combat overseas. Beyond academics, he has been fortunate to play a role in assisting people with fewer opportunities than himself, serving as a student teacher and mentor in an inner-city elementary school, as a youth leader in an organization committed to urban service projects, and as the Chair of Philanthropy of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He enjoys snowboarding, playing sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Niusha Shodja was born in the US but grew up and lived in Iran until 2010, when she came back to study creative writing at Dartmouth. She is in her last term of the MALS program and will soon be submitting her thesis, a collection of fictional social-political and familial short stories, all based in modern day Tehran.

Cinnamon Spear is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She grew up on the Reservation in southeastern Montana and attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Native American Studies. She tried Montana State University's Post-Bacc Pre-Med program but soon quit and returned to Dartmouth to study creative writing and share her voice. Writing is Cinnamon's sanctuary, freedom, and also her duty. In her life, she flies back and forth between poverty and privilege; in this exposed bi-cultured hybrid state, she feels it is her responsibility to teach the world about the Northern Cheyenne people, as well as teach her people about the world.

Jacqueline Williams was a student athlete at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on the women's tennis team. Her scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to move from Australia to study in the United States, was immensely beneficial and something that would not have occurred without Title IX. After her career as a student athlete, she became a journalist. Jacqueline's motivation to do so was to write about social issues, including women's rights issues.

Keri Wolfe is a third-year MALS student in the Globalization track. Keri had been working in the field of early childhood education, but recently served as a teaching assistant for Dartmouth's Writing 2-3 freshmen program. Her research revolves around health social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and their emphases on patients' lived experiences as valid healthcare knowledge. Keri hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in American history and social movement studies. She wrote this piece, "Maximum Feasible Participation," for her summer independent study on women and welfare reform in the twentieth century with Dr. Julia Rabig.

Editors - Spring 2013


R. Jamaal Downey is currently a doctoral candidate at UMass Amherst. His personal story and academic interest converge around: identity; language, ideology and consciousness; pedagogy, and epistemology.

Kathryn Alexa Moritz was raised and home-schooled in rural Vermont. As part of her alternative education, she spent much of her time telling stories to her family’s sheep and her cat Pickles. She received her BA in English at the University of Vermont where she focused on Modernism, cognitive approaches to religion, and creative writing. After she completed an honors thesis that explored illness narrative as a kind of travel narrative, she attended Dartmouth College. Her work there focused on fiction and 20th Century Literature. She is currently working on a family history and a novel while living in the New York City Metro area. She misses Vermont greatly and hopes to be back soon.

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Keri Wolfe is a third-year MALS student in the Globalization track. Keri had been working in the field of early childhood education, but recently served as a teaching assistant for Dartmouth's Writing 2-3 freshmen program. Her research revolves around health social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and their emphases on patients' lived experiences as valid healthcare knowledge. Keri hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in American history and social movement studies. She wrote this piece, "Maximum Feasible Participation," for her summer independent study on women and welfare reform in the twentieth century with Dr. Julia Rabig.


Thea Calitri-Martin is a musician; teaching elementary school music during the day and playing classical/jazz French horn wherever she can. She is following the creative writing track in the MALS program.

Sebastian Galbo grew up in Williamsville, New York where he attended Niagara University. There he earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He is a first-year MALS student on the General Studies Track. He will spend this summer working as a graduate researcher at Yale University's Center for Bioethics. In his spare time he enjoys listening to opera.

Preston McBride - Dartmouth '11, MALS '13 (Comanche), born in New Jersey, majored in Economics and minored in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He is on the Cultural Studies track in MALS and is currently taking his last class. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and time with friends. His academic interests lie at the intersection of health, disease, death, and US Federal Indian Policy, namely genocide. He hopes to pursue his doctoral degree in American History.

Henry Paige is a MALSian on the Cultural Studies track. He joined Dartmouth after teaching middle school in Boston Public Schools for 8 years. Under the name of H. Hassan Paige, he has published a book of poetry entitled, “Prometheus deMannequin in Looking for Love” as part of a series he is currently working on.

Erin Tiernan - Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Erin graduated from Regis University where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. Afterwards she worked as a freelance writer and editor as well as an editorial assistant for several publications in Denver, Colorado. Erin came to Dartmouth’s MALS program in the fall of 2012 and is currently working on her thesis regarding modern Irish American writing in Boston and its role in modern cultural studies and literary studies.

Web Team - Spring 2013

Goyo Amaro is an art director with a hand in print, web, and socially conscious video game design. Goyo has led creative teams in both North and South America and has worked on a diverse range of projects from identity systems, periodical design and packaging to exhibits, events, and web sites. He’s currently the art director with the Dartmouth College Office of Advancement Communications design team. He received a BFA in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Between, work, family, and play, Goyo is pursuing his M.A.L.S. General Liberal Studies degree.

Jack Shultz is a web designer, safer-sex educator, MALS student, LGBTQI activist, and all around trivia geek. He currently works as a web programmer and analyst for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, while he completes his MALS thesis on transgender oral histories. Jack also teaches downhill skiing at Whaleback Mountain and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Trans* Education, Activism, Community & Health (TEACH) Alliance. Prior to relocating to the Upper Valley, he received his BA in Women's Studies from Washington State University. His academic interests include oral histories of marginalized communities, the triad of men's violence, access to information technologies and the uses of social networking in community creation, men's role in sexual assault prevention, representations of transmasculinities, and technology and internet law.

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