Reading Time: 3 minutesBuffalo is tackling the topic of democracy this weekend at the annual Buffalo Humanities Festival, with a wide range of speakers, events and discussion opportunities. The festival has a new theme each year, and it has covered topics like migration, the environment, gender and more over the years. During the weekend of Sept. 19-21, it will discuss questions about the democratic crisis and how we can use history to reimagine a democratic future. Dr. Jennifer Desiderio, English professor at Canisius College and a Steering Committee member of the Buffalo Humanities Festival, helps plan and organize the festival and has done so for the past four years. Along with the rest of the Steering Committee, she helps bring in a diverse range of speakers who have a connection to the theme. This year, the committee has compiled a schedule of activists, authors, and community leaders, as well as educators from local institutions including Canisius College, Humanities New York, … [Read more...] about Discussing democracy at the annual Buffalo Humanities Festival
NYU’s administrators aren’t the only ones who get bad press. Yesterday, I read Buzzfeed News’ profile of Lauren Duca. Aside from being a “progressive white feminist, p-ssyhat-wearing activist-journalist” who gained internet fame from a viral clip as a guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and a “Teen Vogue” article, Duca was also the professor of a course this past summer called “The Feminist Journalist,” taught at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Last week, her students filed a formal complaint against her to the institute’s director, Ted Conover. In addition to taking prolonged breaks from class to meditate, Duca allegedly accused students of not completing assignments and targeted an international student for her difficulties in communication, bringing her to tears on multiple occasions. “We are disappointed at the department and NYU for hiring a professor with more interest in promoting her … [Read more...] about Lauren Duca, Natalie Beach and Performative Activism
Being forced to produce a fun fact about yourself on the first day of class causes most college students at least a little anxiety. Not only is stating your name, hometown and major — especially for Gallatin students — stressful, but the dreaded fun fact question can feel intimidating. However, first-year Lucy McFadin had her answer ready to go: “I have a YouTube channel.” Like most first-years, McFadin felt anxious for the beginning of class: excited to finally fulfill her dream of moving to New York City, but stressed about the move-in process with her parents. Despite her anxieties, McFadin documented all of these experiences with her vlog camera, later posting them online for the world to see. McFadin is a lifestyle and fashion influencer. She produces content related to beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle for her nearly 13,000 Instagram and 5,000 YouTube followers. Since her arrival at NYU, McFadin has posted four New York-related videos on her … [Read more...] about The Juggling Act of First-Year Lucy McFadin’s Life
“What can we do to fight cancer?” asked CAS senior Brianna Fu, the President of Coalition Against Cancer (CAC) at NYU. Fu explained the role of a student-run organization in fighting against the seemingly insurmountable threat of cancer, a disease that claims almost 600,000 lives per year. “It’s a really interesting experience,” Fu said. “It brings a lot of people together, and it’s a good common ground for people to share.” Providing common ground with other students is what drew Fu to join the club near the end of her first year, and eventually pursue leadership. Gallatin senior Paul Roessling, a member of CAC, emphasizes the importance of community in achieving CAC’s mission as an advocacy group. Advertisement“Simply projecting a message is important to get people aware that the group is there, and the next step is allowing people to come in, to share their experiences, to feel as if they’re validated and that … [Read more...] about NYU’s Coalition Against Cancer Invites Unity
The London-based international fetish club, Torture Garden, came to the L.A. for the first time in 17 years. The event took place on Saturday, September 14 at the Globe Theatre in DTLA and was hosted by Dita Von Teese and Amanda Lepore. The night featured exclusive latex fashion shows by Torture Garden Latex, Blacklickorish Latex, Bizarre Fetish Couture and Vex Clothing. There were also performances by Embrace Chaos Suspensions, Katrina Lilwall, Infamous Boom Boom, Ridge Gallagher, Mako, Maegan Machine, Yuka Estrella, Luke Harris, Cynth Icorn and many more. All photos by Levan TK (Instagram: @levan_tk) … [Read more...] about U.K.’s Torture Garden Crosses the Pond to Titillate L.A.