Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Joni and I am from Rockville, Maryland. I originally came to the University of Oklahoma for the ballet program, pursuing a degree in Ballet Performance. My journey began as a six year-old armed with a lot of energy and small pair of pink ballet slippers. I quickly fell in love with the language of the body and have explored a wide range of styles and movement techniques over the years, including ballet, contemporary, modern, flamenco, and tap. I believe that dancers are the visual storytellers of the world and that there is incredible power in speaking through the body. One of the best parts about being involved in the fine arts department at OU is getting to perform; if you've never ventured to the theatre on the North Oval, I highly recommend seeing a show there!
During my sophomore year I decided to tackle a second major in International Studies, concentrating on the Middle East. I have taken an array of interesting courses focusing on v…
"Well, this doesn't bode well for the
empowerment of women in the coming centuries."
Sarah sat huddled in the corner of a dark
wooden box being pulled along by two donkeys. She and her husband Abraham were
fleeing to Egypt, and as one of the original patriarchs of Judaism, Abraham's
beliefs about women were deeply entrenched in the emerging pattern of
patriarchal norms. Sarah made a mental note to talk to God later about how this
Back in the present situation,
Sarah bemoaned her husband's need to conceal her in a box. Abraham feared that
when the Egyptians gazed upon her beauty, she would be snatched away for the
king's harem. This was problematic for two reasons: firstly, because anyone who
tried to mess with Sarah, be it a peasant or a king, would find themselves in
for a fierce battle. She would not be dragged anywhere without a fight. The
neighbors joked that her spirit was like Moses’ burning bush – endlessly fiery.
Secondly, because Sar…