Performance Enhancing Drugs – College Edition

“Passing with Pills: Redefining Performance in the Pharmaceuticalized University”  is a very thoughtful and thought provoking ethnographic look in the mirror.  Tazin Karim of Michigan State University did an excellent job applying a critical, medical anthropological lens to academia and the pressures of the rite of passage in America referred to as college.   When discussing the exportation/globalization of…

Gunman Suicide – A Social Illness

The media storm follow the Newton school shooting has left our nation with heavy hearts and that unanswerable question “but why…?”  The shooting occurred the day left Dallas heading home for Arkansas to spend my Christmas break with my family.  These incidents which have become all too frequent always leave me initially dumbfounded, but as the social scientist in the family…

Freedom of Speech 2.0 #freeandopen

Google calls Internet users to Take Action “it is ours and it is free a free and open world depends on a free and open web and a free and open web depends on me” (Google’s Internet Poem) A free and open internet is essential to democracy in the 21st century just as freedom of…

Politics and Wikipedia

Wikipedia is currently in fundraiser mode.  It reminds of the PBS phone-a-thons of my childhood.  But it also reminds me of an interesting component people frequently neglect when discussing social programs and taxes in relation to institutions seen as a “public good.”  In the debate over who does a better job of address the needs…

Happy Thanksgiving Part 1

I have so much to be thankful for a sweet and loving family, my fiance and future in-laws included, and dear friends. I am thankful I’m in a great graduate program and almost done with coursework, at least from the perspective of Arkansas and Texas it looks like the economy is mostly recovering just in…

Nationalism, Communitas, and Spiderman…

Considering I was in Ireland for the 4th of July, I decided to get a little imaginative in the way I celebrated America’s Independence Day.  Greg and I went out to eat, I got a milk shake and we watched the late showing of the new Spiderman movie in 3D.  (The 3D is totally worth it on…

Irish America Day

Americans in Ireland during the first week of July may be surprised to learn Ireland celebrates the 4th of July.  It seems to largely be a celebration of Americaness, the Irish-American connection, and Americana. Photo borrowed from http://irishamerica.com/2012/05/irish-america-day-4th-of-july-in-ireland/ When I asked about why one middle age gentleman back in 2005, he told me that it was…

Learning Irish

Learning any new language is difficult or at least it is for a someone like me that really didn’t have any exposure to languages other than American English and Southern English prior to 9th grade.  In 9th and 10th grade a had a very basic exposure to Spanish and in 12th grade I took French…

Mythic Irish Art

While visiting the Brú na Bóinne about an hour north of Dublin, Greg and I had the opportunity to view Jane Brideson’s Ever Living Ones collection.  This collection brings together Ireland’s sacred landscapes and ancient myths in moving contemporary artwork.  Her art is currently displayed at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Center in County Meath.  Jane’s blog has more details on…

Insights from UCD

(I am still a bit behind on posting updates–this is from June 12-14) Insights from University College Dublin We took a bus to UCD and made a friend of a Canadian en route to the Folklore Library as the three of us wondered the campus lost. Meeting with Dr. Moore Even though he had a…