Letter from the Editors
When the submissions came pouring in for the Spring 2015 issue of The Journal we knew that this would be a very creative and artistic collection of work. This issue places a strong emphasis on reflection and deliberation, and while some pieces look to the future, many turn and stare down the past. It is our hope that the readers will find themselves considering the undercurrents of gender, language, identity, and religion featured in the writing on the following pages. With the long winter behind us, we look to the coming months and the future of The Journal. Sadly this will be our last issue together as co-editors-in-chief, but as we've said before, the world is getting smaller but The Journal is not, and we know we're leaving it in good hands.
As always, we would like to acknowledge the previous editors. Thanks to their dedication we now have an ISSN number, which allows for The Journal to be distributed across several universities in the U.S. And as our time with The Journal comes to a close, we are glad to have made our own contributions. Each issue now includes a "MALS Spotlight," which cel- ebrates MALS students, or alumni, and their unique and inspiring achieve- ments. The Spring 2015 "Spotlight" features MALS '13 alumna Cinnamon Spear.
We would thank Wole Ojurongbe for his continued commitment to The Journal. Wole has visited classrooms with us, energetically encouraging stu- dents to submit their work, and he has sat down for meetings to help keep The Journal moving forward. We would additionally like to thank Professor Donald Pease, Amy Gallagher and Sarah Kleberg in the MALS office, Jackson Shultz for his management of our online website, and our five assistant editors. Lastly, we would like to recognize our new faculty advisor Professor Anna Minardi for her insight and support during this process.
In closing, this issue features a special "In Memoriam" to honor three MALS professors who died in 2014. Although you may not have known them personally, their achievements speak for themselves and each professor left their mark on this program.
It was a pleasure to be a part of The Journal and we hope you enjoy the Spring 2015 issue.
Amani and Kelsey
|Editors-in-Chief||Assistant Editors||Web Team|
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 2015 edition of The Journal.
Dryad - Thea E. Calitri-Martin
I first noticed her on my way to work
Frozen Gifts - Thea E. Calitri-Martin
Late October moonlight exposes
Tortuga - Thea E. Calitri-Martin
yesterday I was content
Petrichor - Sarah Decker
At the top of a mountain my father seeks child-sized rocks around the rim. Taking a thick scavenged stick he leverages it against the precipice of the cliff and nudges.
Missing - Elizabeth Dunphey
It was sometime in the 50's that my sister disappeared
Grandpa's War - Emily Hedges
I heard a strange sound through the vent of my parent's guest bathroom. I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and tried to clear my head. Then I heard it again.
Full Course Memories - Mary Ann R.Hunt
Crossing the St. Lawrence River onto the island of Montreal I can see Mont Royal standing like a sentry behind the sky scrapers, like a backdrop on a stage.
From the Perspective of Birds - Robert A. Kaufman
There once was a time before New York was,
The Clothes I Wear - Kelley Rossier
I stand in the master bathroom of my house. The mirror is out of focus. But still, I look. I look at my body. My face, my eyes, too withdrawn to abide.
Spring - Kelley Rossier
The snow takes its time. It lingers far past spring’s due date. Across the road the field is white. It keeps the winter close. Maybe the snow will last forever. Maybe May won’t come this year.
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 2015 edition of The Journal.
Decolonizing Terrorizing Zombies: Pathologizing Gender, Sexuality, and Race Through the Looking Glass - Amanda Spoto
The normative, binary society we live in—one in which everything is categorized into two opposing, disconnected factions—has set several boundaries, labels, and fixed definitions to notions such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.
The Loss of Chinese Language in Chinese Diasporas in the U.S. - Vanessa Qing Zhao
Before coming to the U.S., I had never met someone who looks Chinese but speaks in a completely American way.
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 2015 edition of The Journal.
Political Theology in the Digital Age: The New Age of the Exception - Howard Carter
Carl Schmitt's Political Theology was written in 1922, seven decades before the development of the internet. With the advent of global communication, the sovereign manipulation of information has created a potent state of exception.
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.
There were no Liberal Studies articles in the Spring 2015 edition of The Journal.
|Robert A. Kaufman||Amy Millios||Jennifer Cormack|
|Farah Salam||Heidi Hough||Farah Salam|
Cinnamon Spear, MALS '13
Cinnamon Spear writes for the people, her people. Raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana, and then fighting her way through Dartmouth College twice, has given Cinnamon a unique perspective on cultural versus financial poverty and privilege. In her most recent story, "Jimtown Ruined My Life," published in Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Volume 2, Cinnamon uses local dialect, requiring her to invent spellings for commonly used "rez" (reservation) slang words. It was while working on this story that Cinnamon realized the importance and historical impact of her work.
"In rural, underprivileged schools, we don't always identify with what we read or see on TV. Native artists are the only ones who can validate our youth and their lived experiences."
As a traditional beadworker, writer, and documentary filmmaker, Cinnamon's art is a direct response to misrepresentation and cultural appropriation. Her work provide insight into contemporary American Indian life. Off the Path, Volume I and II, are the first of their kind, including numerous Indigenous writers from Montana, North Dakota, and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Spear's contributions speak to a number of hardships including alcoholism, domestic violence, forbidden young, abortion and more.
Cinnamon's latest story, written with her unflinching prose, details contemporary "rez" life happenings in the context of historical ties to place, and ultimately reveals a heartbreaking mother-to-daughter betrayal. Though she is the one who does the writing, she knows these words are not just her own—and within them lies the power to heal.
"My stories are often referred to as raw and powerful. To me, it's just honesty. Writing is a release. It's freedom."
Cinnamon graduated from Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies in 2009. Returning a few years later, she earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree in creating writing. As a natural storyteller, Spear picked up a camera (without training) and self-produced a documentary for her MALS thesis project. Pride & Basketball examines the role that basketball plays for the male youth in her tribal community. The 32-minute film highlights larger issues of racial discrimination, socioeconomic status, and the need for an improved education system.
Currently working as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Indian Health Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, Cinnamon travels to screen her film, holds book readings, and serves as a motivational speaker to Native youth. Cinnamon exists in a super exposed, bi-cultured hybrid state and with this she feels it is her responsibility to not only teach the world about the Northern Cheyenne people, but also to teach her people about the world.
"I killed Custer because Custer was killed by Cheyenne women...A lot of people don't know the truth."
-"Jimtown Ruined My Life" Off the Path:Volume 2
Authors - Spring 2015
Thea Calitri-Martin graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Theater-Literature, then followed her ear to Western CT State College where she became certified as a music teacher. In addition to studying creative writing in the MALS program, she teaches music in Lebanon, NH, is the principal horn with the Vermont Philharmonic, and plays jazz on the side.
Howard Carter enrolled in the Dartmouth MALS program in the Fall of 2014. He has received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, summa cum laude. Howard is a retired Special Warfare Operator Master Chief who served in the Navy for 22 years. He is a veteran of the Bosnia and Kosovo campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara.
Sarah M. Decker graduated in 2008 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. in English Literature. She was also actively involved with the college's literary club, Scarlet Letters, as well as submitted work to the college's literary journal, Images Magazine, and wrote articles for The Independent News Magazine. In 2007, Sarah attended a study abroad writing workshop in India. As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English society, she presented a collection of her poetry titled "Nature of Sin" at the 2006 International Convention in Portland, Oregon.
Elizabeth Dunphey studied at NYU and recieved a B.A. in Irish Literature and Art. She is an alumna who studied creative writing at MALS in 2006. She has worked as an online book critic, and a fashion writer for Joonbug magazine. She is a painter and works in the acrylic and charcoal medium. Dunphey currently lives in Queens and volunteers at the Park Slope library in Brooklyn.
Mary Ann R. Hunt grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Classical Civilizations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked at Dartmouth College for 14 years; the last seven have been in the Alumni Relations office managing the group travel program. Just after college, she lived in Montreal for a couple years where she acquired a passion for ethnic foods and cooking which has been further fueled by the travel and educational programming responsibilities of her current job. As a MALS student she is concentrating on creative writing, with a focus on travel writing.
Robert A. Kaufman graduated from Brown and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo. His writing has been featured in Blaire magazine, Extract(s), FD magazine, and Fjords Review. Robert is currently a MALS student at Dartmouth studying poetry.
Kelley Rossier has a background in theatre and has been an advocate for break- ing down cultural barriers through the arts. She has written full-length plays with this goal in mind. While pursuing an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts, which she received in 2013, Rossier traveled to Slovenia and was inspired by the rich literary landscape. This led her to apply for a Fulbright in Creative Writing during her time as a MALS student. She was awarded a Fulbright in the spring of 2015 and will be traveling to Ljubljana in the fall to complete her collection of lyric essays.
Vanessa Qing Zhao graduated in 2013 from Nankai University in China with a B.A. in Mass Media, Broadcasting, and Journalism. She is interested in screen cultures, including films, music videos, and many other media products. She works at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and frequently goes to film screenings. Being able to speak Chinese, English, and Japanese, and having made her trajectory from the East to the West, she is also interested in multilingual and multicultural communication. In a combination of her interests, her research in the MALS program has focused on the media's influences on people's cultural perception.
Photographers - Spring 2015
Jennifer C. Cormack lived in Germany and traveled abroad in Europe during her primary years until age six. As a young adult, she returned to Europe for a yearlong study of architecture in Paris, graduating from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 with a BS in Architecture. Together she and her husband operate Cormack Architectural Design Group in Conway, South Carolina. Jennifer has been teaching art since 2002 and currently works with students ages three through adult in the Myrtle Beach area. Her favorite art contest for students is the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Her credits include: 105 South Carolina winners, two Alabama, four North Carolina, three Tennessee, and three West Virginia. Since 2009, she has also been designing and teaching challenging curricula for homeschool students in English Literature, composition, feature writing, screenwriting, French, and art history for grades three through twelve. Her passion for teaching writing led her to pursue the MALS degree at Dartmouth.
Heidi Hough - Sadly, this person has not submitted a bio.
Robert A. Kaufman is a Texan poet. He graduated from Brown and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo. His writing has been featured in Blaire magazine, Extract(s), FD magazine, and Fjords Review.
Amy Millios - Sadly, this person has not submitted a bio.
Farah Salam - Sadly, this person has not submitted a bio.
Editors - Spring 2015
Amani Liggett is from Sacramento, California, and received her BA in English and Philosophy at UC Davis in 2011. Afterwards, she worked as an inner-city reading comprehension tutor in Sacramento, as well as a grant writer for a Sacramento-based nonprofit that focused on refugee resettlement, rescuing victims of human trafficking, and helping the financially illiterate. Amani began attending the MALS program in the fall of 2013, where she is now Co-Editor-in-Chief of The MALS Journal. Through Dartmouth she attended a Literature Summer School at Oxford University (and will return again this summer), and presented a paper on the Haitian Revolution at the 2014 AGLSP annual conference. Amani has just completed her thesis about the history of women who have acted as Hamlet onstage.
Kelsey Smith grew up in East Corinth, Vermont where she graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a BA in political science. After college, Kelsey worked as a public relations and communications assistant for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and then as an ac- count management specialist at The Advisory Board Company, a health- care consulting company based in Washington, D.C. In the winter of 2014, she ventured back to New England to attend the MALS program at Dartmouth where she is now Co-Editor-in-Chief of The MALS Journal. Kelsey is currently finishing her thesis: an oral and narrative study on the lives of foreign correspondents. Now living in Houston,Texas, Kelsey is a Brand Manager for The Black Sheep Agency, a cause-based strategic branding agency.
Jeffrey Hatch is a graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He is currently studying globalization in the MALS program. He is also an active duty Captain in the US Army and has been an officer since he received his commission in 2005. He has served two combat deployments in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and has been a Company Commander with over 200 soldiers under his command. His thesis research will focus on issues of security and conflict in the rapidly developing era of globalization.
Emily Hedges grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and now lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She came to the Upper Valley from Minnesota where she worked as a freelancer, contributing regular articles to ECM-Sun Newspaper Group in the Twin Cities and executing blog book tours for authors. Prior to that she spent 10 years working as an editorial marketing and promotions specialist for local television affiliates, a small ad agency, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and TV Guide Networks. Hedges entered the creative writing track in the MALS program to accomplish two goals: to elevate the quality of her writing and to prepare for a second career as a high school and college teacher.
*Emily Hedges is also a contributing author to this edition of The Journal. See "Grandpa's War." p 91.
Gregory Poulin is currently studying government and globalization in MALS at Dartmouth; he is an alumni of Wheaton College where he earned his BA in po- litical science and history. His research has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Diplomat, Real Clear World and China-US Focus.
Maria Semmens is a New Jersey native. She attended Rutgers University where she majored in Women's & Gender Studies and American Literature. She enjoys the non-traditional and eccentric; the macabre and occult, dystopian realms; and the dark interiors of society that so often go un-discussed. Also relevant: Harry Potter, animal memes, black metal, and anything that involves throwaway trivia- centric knowledge.
Amanda Spoto is originally from Staten Island, New York, is a 2014 alumna undergraduate from Dartmouth College. She majored in English (concentration in Cultural Studies and Popular Culture) with a minor in Native American Stud- ies. She wrote a senior English honors thesis entitled, "Decoding the Alternate Gaze Amidst the American Labyrinth: Counter Memory and Re-remembering in Native American Literature" under Professor Pease and Professor Taylor. She is now in the MALS program and is currently on the Cultural Studies track. She has a strong interest in law school, and may soon pursue a Ph.D.
*Amanda Spoto is also a contributing author to this edition of The Journal. See, "Decolo- nizing Terrorizing Zombies: Pathologizing Gender, Sexuality, and Race Through the Looking Glass." p. 26.
Web Team - Spring 2015
Jack Shultz grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and studied women and gender studies at Washington State University. Upon receiving his bachelor's degree he moved to New Hampshire to complete the MALS program at Dartmouth College. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at New England College. His first book, Trans/Portraits will be released from the University Press of New England in October 2015. He currently works as a web programmer and analyst for the Geisel School of Medicine, and as an adjunct professor at New England College. His research interests include technology law, social media studies, women and gender studies, critical race studies, queer theory, and oral history. He enjoys alpine skiing, kayaking, debating quantum theories, spending time with his obnoxiously large Newfoundland dog, and writing. Of note: Jack is a major fan of the Oxford comma.