Character Framing in COVID-19 Storybooks: Training the Next Generation of Superheroes

Mary Miller

When considering how certain elements of children’s books affect a child’s reaction to a serious topic, critics often focus on character framing and the author’s choice to feature either a protagonist or antagonist. However, this approach fails to capture the entire story.


A Problematic White Influence on Young Black Minds: Examining "A Boy's Life of Booker T. Washington" by Walter C. Jackson

Rawan Abbasi

This paper examines the problematic nature of Walter C. Jackson’s children’s book, A Boy’s Life of Booker T. Washington (1922), and argues that Jackson wrote the text in an act of performative allyship to instill in Black children that success lies in appeasing white America.


Why We’re Not Happy: Analysis of “Beautiful Now” 

This article analyzes the role of introspection and reflection in happiness in Zedd's "Beautiful Now" music video. 


Minority Underrepresentation in Coronavirus: A Book for Children

The purpose of this study is to evaluate how children’s books portray the experiences of people of color amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


How Capitalism is a Driving Force of Climate Change

Lauren Pollock

Global economic growth leads to the increased consumption of natural resources, pollution, and loss of biodiversity and simultaneously widens the income gap between the wealthy and the poor.


Broken Barriers and Burned Bridges: John Lanchester’s The Wall and Xenophobia in Modern Society

Gianluca Ciuffreda

This paper will discuss the use of metaphor and imagery in John Lancester’s novel, The Wall, to argue against the manifestation of ideological and physical walls in society.


Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department

In this foreword to obervation articles by Arendas and Joyner, Natalia Aquino-Torres examines how emergency departments have had to adapt in order to accomodate elderly patients.


The Function and Characteristics of Psychiatric Emergency Service

In this foreword to observation articles by Arendas, Barbour, Burri, and Wheless, Alex Cameron writes about the need for psychiatric care in America and takes readers through the historical evolution of Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES).


Arts Integration: Implementing a Critical Yet Devalued Core Subject into US Public Schools

Sally Sasz

Despite the devalued status of visual arts programs in publics schools across the US, when it comes to the topic of the visual arts in education, it is widely understood that the visual arts are a vital contributor to students’ creative development and overall success.


Con(texts): A Digital Project on Textiles and Women's Authorship Through History

Hallie French

Textile, or text? In her digital project “Con(texts)”, Hallie French explores the idea of textiles as a means of authorship for women throughout the centuries.


The Life Histories Collection: A Representative View of Race During the Great Depression?

Julie A. Hayes

Out of work and out of money, writers of the 1930s gained a unique job opportunity thanks to President Roosevelt’s Federal Writers’ Project, which allowed them to go across the country researching the effect of the Depression on the nation’s citizens.


Some Interpretations are More Equal Than Others: Misinterpreting George Orwell's Animal Farm

Rebecca Herring

George Orwell’s slim little novel, Animal Farm, has been a staple of American schools and culture since it was published. It has become a cultural touchstone around which misinformation has dominated.