The Lighter Side

The Importance of Comedy: Breaking Social Norms and Learning to Laugh at Imperfection

It happens every day while nonchalantly flipping through social media. It’s the spoof of a popular music video, the meme poking fun at a celebrity or politician and inevitably, it’s the guy jumping off the top of the playground set who ends up wiping out the innocent child below. It’s these things that not only… Continue reading The Importance of Comedy: Breaking Social Norms and Learning to Laugh at Imperfection

Open Book History

A quick look into Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinisum

Stalinist Russia is a popular topic among historians and scholars and has inspired questions such as; what effect did the political policies of the era have on people of the Soviet Union and how did Stalin’s policies change social classes and hierarchical structure of the state? In her book, Everyday Stalinism, Sheila Fitzpatrick gives many… Continue reading A quick look into Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinisum

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Women and Worship: Hinduism in India

It is a breathtaking, spiritual, inviting and divine experience as quoted by some Indians. These feelings are used to describe the mystic and cherished tradition that is Indian Hindu rituals and celebrations. These rituals and practices are not just beautiful, but serve as a way for women to be more active in the household worship… Continue reading Women and Worship: Hinduism in India

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The Establishment of State Destruction: Hitler’s Connection to the Mass Murder of the Holocaust

When the Holocaust is mentioned, Hitler is the first name which comes to mind. The question then is always regarding the methods in which he led men to murder millions of innocent Jews and minority groups, but the answer may not lie with Adolf Hitler, but within the chaos and statelessness that he created in… Continue reading The Establishment of State Destruction: Hitler’s Connection to the Mass Murder of the Holocaust