5 Friyays: June 21

5 Friyays: June 21

Welcome to the longest day of the year! It’s Dr. Hinson here for my Friyays. I’m writing this today from Belfast – where I’ve been on a work trip and a holiday in my favorite town. I’ve got a good list of Friyays today – so let’s get right down to it!

Must See Television

Before I left on holiday, I spent a few nights watching Ava DuVernay’s latest film project ‘When They See Us.’ It’s a dramatic rendering of the story of the 5 men known as the Central Park Five – Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana. Five wrongfully convicted children spent between 4 and 16 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Everyone needs to watch this series, right now. I have many thoughts about why it’s necessary viewing, too many for this post, just trust me, and don’t forget the tissues.

Women in Academia

I came across this article from The Guardian a few weeks ago and it really resonated with both myself and Dr. Donnelly’s stories for our journey in higher education. The article is right, women are leaving careers in higher ed more than men, for several reasons, and we need to work on fixing this form of systemic inequality.

Speaking of Sexism

I promise the rest of my Friyays will be more celebratory. But while we are always busy celebrating the US Women’s Soccer team and their phenomenal success at the World Cup, the team caught a bit of a controversy over the coverage of the it’s 13-0 win versus Thailand last week. You can catch up on the controversy, and what it says about gendered expectations for athletes and the gender pay gap in professional sports through this great piece at in The Washington Post. 

Celebrating Indigenous Women Artists

As the resident art historian, I am want to celebrate great art stories when I hear them. I came across this article in Vogue a few weeks ago and loved how it celebrated and gave space to indigenous women artists. Currently showing at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the “Hearts of Our People” exhibition highlights the artistic contribution of indigenous women in Canada and the US over several centuries.

All-Star Dodgeball

I’m not a huge fan of dodgeball, but I absolutely loved this hilarious video with James Cordon’s Late Late Show and an all-star cast of US and UK players. It’s just 11 minutes of joy, you’re welcome.

That’s a wrap on my Friyays for the week. I’m logging off and heading back to my holidays. Dr. Donnelly is almost done with her fab trip and will be back next week with her list!


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