09 Aug 5 Friyays: August 9
Happy Friday from ARHQ, where Erin and I are gearing up for a weekend of putting on our PhD hats at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference up in New York. While we put the finishing touches on our presentation on religiosity and imprisonment in The Handmaid’s Tale, please enjoy my following Friyays.
Lincoln Financial Field’s New Sensory Room
I was absolutely delighted with the news that came earlier this week that the Philadelphia Eagles built a suite into our stadium for those with sensory sensitivities. According to the press statement:
The sensory inclusive certification process entailed training for Eagles employees and Lincoln Financial Field staff by leading medical professionals. It included how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are made available to all guests as part of their experience. The 500-square-foot, state-of-the-art sensory room has been carefully designed by top medical professionals to ensure a quieter and more secure environment.
Any time the world can get a little more equitable in terms of accessibility, I’m a happy camper. Fly Eagles Fly!
Remembering Toni Morrison
I was deeply saddened this week with the news of the passing of author and revolutionary Toni Morrison. Beloved is one of my favorite works and her powerful voice and strong presence will be deeply, deeply missed. I spent a lot of time reading the memories of other people, especially black women, and how she specifically impacted my life and one of the ones that hit me deepest was from Bustle, written by Joelle Monique. I highly recommend the read.
It’s Dance Time Again!
Summer for me always means So You Think You Can Dance, my absolute favorite reality competition show. Yes, I love Top Chef and The Amazing Race, but this one always holds my heart for the joy and warmth. It is the Queer Eye of competition shows. This week we learned the top ten and got some really great performances – this one was my favorite – and I can’t wait for the live shows this next week.
Universe of Super Heroes
We try to keep these posts to things you can all experience in some way, but this one is a bit more limited. Erin and I, along with my husband, are heading to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute tonight for their special exhibit on the Marvel universe. We’re all certified nerds (I mean, hi, have you met us?) and I’m grateful to live in a city with a great museum that hosts events like this. Excelsior!
The National Team
Keep your eyes peeled over the next week for a book review from me of Caitlin Murray’s The National Team, which covers the US Women’s National Team (soccer) and their ongoing journey for equity, representation, and safe playing conditions. Highly recommended for any fans of the beautiful game.
That’s it from me on this quiet week. Dr. Erin will be back next week. See you then!