Although our readings on “orientalism” focused on a more large-scale description of the concept of “othering” a particular group of people, I believe that this same idea can be applied to much more specific and nonobjective circumstances. For example, when I first arrived at Dickinson in 2017, although I did not vary too much in appearance from the rest of the students, it did not take long before I […]

Although I have never travelled to the Middle East, from my experience abroad, it has become very apparent the way in which stereotypes can alter or misguide one’s perception of reality. In other words, we create reasons for certain behaviors or occurrences through the lenses of our own experience. It would be unreasonable to say that in order to minimize barriers of understanding between the USA and the Middle East we […]