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Reading Through the Years

Today, reading is considered an essential skill and is used primarily to communicate information. However, the majority of people were mostly illiterate until the 1800s, generally only being able to read the Bible, an almanac, and perhaps a few other works. After a few years, books became much more popular for educational and personal purposes, […]

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In Pomian’s work, he makes it clear that collections facilitate some sort of connection between the visible and the invisible. The collection itself is the visible, which is somehow opposing the invisible, which is usually the meaning that the collection has to the observer. He argues that language is what draws a link between the […]

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In Musser’s “Toward a History of Screen Practice,” he suggests that there was not necessarily a “start” to cinema, and that it can instead be part of screen practice. To Musser, screen practice entails most things involving a screen: the magic lantern, cinema, and everything in between. The start of screen practice, as implied by […]

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In Jonathan Crary’s “Techniques of the Observer,” he discusses “retinal afterimages,” and how they were no longer seen as optical deception, but rather as truth. In other words, what was seen was to be believed. He illustrates various different optical devices, including the stereoscope and the kaleidoscope. The kaleidoscope uses mirrors to create a symmetric, […]

Lecture Hall Distractions

Arushi Lakhan-Pal On the first day of classes of my first fall quarter of college, I traipsed nervously into my first college lecture of over 100 students for my class on Antarctica. Buchanan lecture hall was easy to find, which I appreciated, but as soon as I entered, I felt a panicked, overwhelmed feeling creeping […]

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One of the artifacts I chose was the set up of the Buchanan lecture hall that my Antarctica class is in. It’s a very large hall, and contains lots of students during these lectures. Its set up tends to divert my attention to things other than the professor, as the number of people around me […]

Weekly Response 1

What do you think Mike Rose says that schooling should attend to? He believes that within the educational experience, one should be actively using their mind, learning how to make sense of the world and argue for something in an effective way, gaining independence, self advocacy, insight into human nature and the ability to reflect […]

About Me

Arushi Lakhan-Pal I’m don’t currently have a specific career or major related interest, but in general I’m interested in the impact that people have on each other, and how our interactions and experiences shape our personalities. I’m also interested in the issues that are present in today’s world, such as effects of technology, climate change, […]

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