Props to the Fabulous, Flourishing Fordham Fellowship

Though all of our Public Voices Fellowship Programs have produced discerning, snappy, and incredibly important work weekly, every now and then one of them will have an especially prolific streak. This past week, the award for phenomenally fruitful fellowship goes Fordham! Since late March, six great op-eds have been published by our Fordham scholars. Highlights are below.

On March 27th, Oneka LaBennett published “How Does Nicki Minaj Influence Black Girls? Ask Them,” on the Ms. Magazine blog about how young women of color respond to modern icons of beauty in American media.

As an anthropologist who has spent more than a decade interviewing Caribbean and African American girls between the ages of 12 and 21, Oneka provides unique insight into how white and black beauty standards are transmitted and received by women of color.

Dawn Lerman‘s March 28th piece, “Occupy Has Wrong ‘Target’: Consumers and Economy Value Wal-Mart et al,”  appeared in the Christian Science Monitor. Noting that the Occupy movement has leveled its gunsights on Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and Target, Lerman argues that the movement may have little luck in stealing the favorable consumer wind from the sails of these successful corporations.

Though these companies pay their employees low wages, Lerman points out that they provide consumers with something much more compelling than cheap goods: good feelings.

For example, consumers don’t just feel gratified when they find cheap deals at Wal-Mart, says Lerman, they feel safe and secure. Target’s focus on design and affordable prices allows consumers to preserve their strongly held views of themselves as “fun-loving and fashionable,” even in times of low funds.  Writes Lerman, “By leaving Wall Street for the Amazon and making Wal-Mart its Target, New York’s Occupy movement could do more harm to American consumers than good.”

The other articles that made up the shower of victories from the Fordham group are:

“Mommy Porn Novel Has Retro Message,” by Susan Greenfield and the Princeton Fellowship’s April Alliston which appeared on CNN.com (I’ll be featuring an interview with them next week on what it was like to collaborate on an op-ed).

“Catholics and Racism: From Examination of Conscience to Examination of Culture,” by Maureen O’Connell, which was picked up by the National Catholic Reporter. 

“How Millie Weber Survived the Holocaust,” which ran on The Daily Beast, and “Writing the Holocaust,” which ran on Huffington Post, both by Eve Keller.

Also, worth mentioning is Christina Greer‘s appearance on Brookln NY1 to provide analysis on Mitt Romney’s progression toward the GOP nomination.

Would that we had time to recap them all! They’re so worthy of your attention and thought. Check them all out! And thank you to all our amazing thought leaders who improve our lives each day that they make their voices public!

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