Essay by Bow Rudolph: A City Distant From Its’ Locals

Asheville's rise in popularity only adds gas to the fire of gentrification, driving out locals with the deepest roots to the city, according to community members. Rudolph, 2018, photograph of Asheville, NC. "The city has been a monster in creating tourism for Asheville with all these different hotel systems, and the same vigor they put into …

Essay by Emma Appleby: An Evaluation of Global Prison Conditions using the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights

As a part of assisting with undergraduate research, I spent a semester reading the State Department reports on Human Rights practices. One thing in the reports that constantly stood out to me were the reported conditions in prisons across the world. Almost every country had poor, unhealthy, or unsafe prison conditions. I was personally very …

Visual Arts by Nora Maybury

This painting is inspired by my work as a Research Assistant in UNC Asheville’s Languages & Literatures department, through which I helped professor Dr. Biers with his language preservation/documentation project involving the segmentation and annotation of Walloon, an endangered language. This process, in addition to my interest in sociolinguistics and recent reading of ‘Linguistic Imperialism’ …

Essay by Nora Maybury: The Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry regularly finds itself in the midst of controversy, often involving actions that seriously harm or threaten the universal human right to health. How does a sector intended to provide health care become so problematic, yet continue to operate without sufficient intervention? By concerning itself with profitability, the pharmaceutical industry is inherently contradictory …

Visual Arts by Olivia Sullivan: Rainbow Woman

A faceless self-portrait describing the complex balance of existing and surviving. As I breathe vibrancy into my history with sexual trauma, I breathe life back into myself. Rainbow Woman is the glue that holds all my selves together as they exist simultaneously. Olivia Sullivan is a Women and Gender Studies & Political Science major with a minor …

Film Review by Jessie Frank: Analysis of A Taxi Driver

INTRODUCTION A Taxi Driver is a fictional movie loosely based on real-life events that occurred during the 1980 Gwangju Genocide. A widowed father and taxi driver, Kim Sa-Bok, drives a German reporter, Peter Hinzpeter, from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the uprising. The film was directed by Jang Hoon and produced by Park Eun-kyeong. The …

Film Review by Soma Samadhi: Analysis of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

In the first minutes of the Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom the cameras capture rubble, screams and gunshots. We see a young man slumped over, dead in the middle of a street in Ukraine as people run past him. It looks like a war zone. A man no older than 22 …

Visual Arts by Elina Morrison: Human Rights: A New Generation

About This Project. A storymap is a visual narrative, traditionally used for geographical/science-based storytelling. Its format can help illustrate spatial relationships, make data visualization interactive, and it is a powerful way to share ideas. This storymap compiles data from 30 youth across 14 U.S states and 5 countries. Participants filled out a short questionnaire regarding …