Reactions to the Movie Frida

This summer I watched the movie Frida, written by and starring Salma Hayek. The film represents a biography of her life from her teenage years to her death, encompassing everything from the bus accident that crippled her to the beginning of her art career to her troubled relationship with Diego Rivera. I was interested in watching the movie because it was fairly popular in the United States when it first came out, and I was curious to see how such a widely viewed piece of media was conveying the complicated figure that was Frida Kahlo to an American audience, one that may not necessarily have a lot of background info on the artist or the politics and culture of her time. 

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Summary (Finally!)

At the beginning of this summer, I set out to answer quite a few questions, all about the name erasure of the 25th dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs. We had briefly touched on this and other erasures in my 2-semester long Deciphering Ancient Egypt course, taught by my research advisor Professor Jeremy Pope. Large numbers of statues and monuments from the 25th dynasty Kushite Period are damaged. This erasure is often attributed to the Saite (26th dynasty) Psamtik II as a campaign of damnatio memoriae, permanently erasing someone’s name, and thus memory, from the public record.

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3 – An Insight into Museum Workings and Some Discoveries

After weeks of silence in regards to my letter to the Egyptian Museum Cairo (EMC) regarding my viewing items in storage, I (at the urging of my best friend) took another trip to the museum, prepared to knock on some doors until I got answers.

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Project Summary

Hello all, welcome back to school! This summer research project provided a very different experience compared to what I am used to. Throughout my research I encountered many problems; learning how to read technical papers and teaching myself important biological concepts tested my resolve and ability to learn new skills on my own. Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned throughout this process, however, was how much work goes into producing research papers. Though I had written research papers in class, none were as in-depth or work intensive as my summer research project ended up being. Regardless of my eventual career path, I am glad I was able to have such an experience, as it exposed me to higher-level reading and writing and helped me acquire new skills.

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