Some People have the same Ethnicity

I interviewed three Brooklyn College students called (Stephen, Richmond, and Raven) at the West End Building near the tennis court on a Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. via face to face. The interview gathered information about them and their personal opinion on various subjects. This paper summarizes the responses of the discussion and their relationship with stories about the origin of Rome. The three students happened to have come from the same ethnic group; hence they had similar responses to the interview questions.

The interviewees were ready and willing to respond to the various questions of the interview, which mainly focused on their ethnicity and origin. Additionally, they gave me the go-ahead to record and include their responses on the class blog as they felt that the answers provided an accurate reflection of their background, which they are proud to share. Since they were born and raised in America, they did not identify with any other ethnicity beyond the U.S.A. Therefore, the only life they have ever known was the American life. In describing America, they praised it as a country of opportunities that gave every person a unique and special way of being successful. They also mentioned that through all the racism and crime they still love the country that they call a home of the brave and the land of the free, because comparing America to other countries, it is one of the best to live on earth.

However, they emphasized the importance of personal initiative for the achievement. All three of my interviewees also described the American society as one with equality, belief in change and progress, sound work ethics, action-oriented, and competitive. The three students all identified Martin Luther King Jr as a hero who is famous in their ethnic group because of the efforts he made in advocating for civil rights.

The interviewees agreed to share a story of George Washington Carver, who is one of the most decorated American scientists (botanist) and inventor in history. They told me about how George was able to prevent soil depletion by actively promoting alternative crops to cotton. The values from the story are important in the traditions of the people because they inspire young people to make essential contributions to the society despite their social status. I’ve read about Rome’s origins is that everyone has a unique story about their city. The similarity between the stories and background of Rome stories is that all these leaders and the founding father’s have all grown into legends that have been used to inspire people across many generations.

The excerpts of Vergil-book one states, “Why, you too, cruel as the rest? So often, you ridicule your son with your disguises! Why can’t we clasp hands, embrace each other, exchange some words, speak out, and tell the truth?”

The quote portrays the cruelty and unfairness as the character of one of the founding fathers of Rome. The quote represents the injustice that some ethnic groups may be exposed to prompting the fight for liberation and civil rights as seen from the interview response.

Richard, Team Vulcan.





How don’t you know? Bruh


I interviewed about eight people from different ethnicity and chose the most informed answers to include in this blog post, even though they aren’t well informed.

Noor Fawak, Libary Laguardia Room, Monday afternoon

This girl is a Muslim American woman of Syrian heritage but she was born here. When she was younger, she traveled back to Syria and attended school for four years. During that time, she discovered that Syria was being led by ignorant oppressors. She considered the hero to be the everyday people who wake in the morning and challenge the oppression. Syrians has been controlled by the Asahd family for a long time and finally people decided to speak up against this form of control. So the lesson she learns from this is never give up, pursue what you believe in. “Even though its not worth it because we’ve lost a lot of blood, we can’t stop now, we cant let it go to vain right now.”

Anastasiya Lyubimova, Library 2nd Floor, Monday afternoon

This girl is Slavic born in Russia. She reads books and watches documentaries about Russia on her free time. As to Russian leaders, she says they didn’t have any prominent rules or law givers. However, there was the sar regime family that was well respected by the people. Also, she respects Dostoevsky as a hero because he captures the Russians souls in his writing and suffering of the people. According to her, there were many stories of him being a great author, maybe the best of his time and he was non comparable. The stories that she hears of him inspires other people and allows them to understand the mentality of the Russians. She has learned that expressing yourself is a good way of living.

Samantha Blafford, Library 2nd Floor, Monday afternoon

This girl is third generation Italian-American. She learned little of Italian history in her language class. Although she doesn’t know anyone specific, she knows that people from the Renaissance, artists, and musicians basically shaped the culture that she has now. I was kind of disappointed with her answers because i expected someone from Italy to know their history and tell me about few common stories, but nope.


I expected a lot from the Italian girl because some of the great artists that we learned in Art1010 were Italian such as Michelangelo, Masaccio, Caravaggio and etc. Roman culture was reflected their arts. For example, change in culture meant change in style therefore, as culture advanced so did their statues, paintings, and architectures.

Roman empire made up parts of Europe such as Spain, France, and Italy. Roman was a place of power where their army conquered a lot of land and empires. To compare this to Russia, Russia was once known as the U.S.S.R. it had many countries as one. Now that each country has succeeded from the ‘union’ making up their own country, following their own rules, and have their own freedom, Russia is now a single country under the rule of one president, Putin. Romans were similarly ruled by one man, the King. Every leader of a country has their duty and they are pressured to accomplish it. For example, in the reading it says “But Aeneas, duty-bound, his mind restless with worries all that night, reached a firm resolve as the fresh day broke.” This even Syrian people as they’re to fight for their freedom, they have to if they want to live freely. They wake up everyday not knowing what might happen that day, in constant fear.

-Amir, Team Juno



Interviews at Brooklyn College

I have interviewed three of my friends at Brooklyn College, and have gotten similar ideas and answers based on their cultures.

The first person I interviewed was my friend Robert G. in the Brooklyn College library Thursday afternoon. Robert has been one of my close friends ever since a young age but I have never really interviewed him like this before so it was a one of a kind experience.  As I started asking him questions about what he identifies himself as, he responded that he considers himself Russian even though he was born in the United States. Both of his parents and most of his family was born in Russia and he can speak the language fluently. As I started asking him questions about the origins and history of Russia he said that he remembered his parents telling him that there was a lot of fighting going on at the time. He began to tell me a story about how in Russia it was every man for himself and that there was not much help from other people. He also remembers that the economy was very poor at the time and that this caused a lot of fights because of a corrupt government. He was saying that the president was Boris Yeltsin at the time and that he was the most dominant figure to the people.

Another person I interviewed was my friend Youngjae Bok Wednesday morning in the Brooklyn College Cafeteria. My friend Youngjae was actually born in Korea and came to the United States when he was around six years old. I have also gone to high school with Youngjae so we have been friends for several years already. As he was growing up in Korea the main thing he remembered was the corrupt government and the poor functioning economy. He told me how his parents worked hard morning and night shifts just to support the family receiving very little pay. He was also saying that many families were working very hard but were not doing anything to change or stand up for themselves and that was the main reason they came to the United States.  Their parents wanted a better life for their family and realized the United States would be a better place for them.

The last person I interviewed was my friend Damion K. in the Student Center Friday afternoon. Damion was born in the United States but came from an Italian family where most of his older relatives were born in Italy. As he spoke about his parents growing up in Italy, he began to speak about how the education really did not help them get the job they wanted because there was very few openings. He began to explain that the economy was also very weak and it was very hard to find jobs at the time. However he told me that religion played a major role in his family’s life and that is why they continue to stay positive and be the best people they can be.

There was many similarities in the answers I got explaining a lot about the weak economy and the corrupt government. All families came to the United States for a better life and for more opportunities. A quote from the Roman founders also had many similarities to responses from the interviews. One of the quotes I found stated ” The less man had, the less their was greed”.  This really shows that even though families did not have a lot of options they still worked very hard to get to where they are today. It also shows that since they didn’t have much they began to appreciate their life much more which is very inspiring.


Anthony Mancuso,

Team Venus

Diverse Interviews

Last week, I interviewed three of my friends about their ethnic background and what they identify themselves as.

The first person I interviewed was Shirley Z. at the Student Center, on Thursday, while we were on our lunch break. She told me she didn’t mind being interviewed. Since she grew up in a traditional household, she mainly identifies herself as Chinese, specifically Fujianese. Her mother plays a crucial role when it comes to getting background information and family history. Shirley mostly learns about her origins based on the stories her mother tells her about Fujian,China. Shirley states that “most Fujians are of the Han origin, but due to Fuzhou’s location, the culture is influenced by neighboring provinces,” which is why Shirley is able to speak three different dialects of Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, and Fujianese). When asked about who controls Fuzhou, she states that, “The Republic of China mostly controls the territory. There’s not one specific person who controls the province because China itself has way too many people to take care of, so they have one central system of government that controls different parts of the country.” Though there’s no specific story the government tells, their laws play a vital role as to monitoring the Chinese citizens. Shirley explains, “By blocking specific websites such as Facebook and YouTube, the government tries to censor Western exposure through media. They want to keep the Chinese culture intact by limiting Western influences.” This further shows how powerful the government is when it comes to controlling their citizens.

The second person I interviewed was Minho L., over a phone call Friday night. He thought it weird that I was asking about his background, but I convinced him when I said it was for a homework assignment. He identifies himself as Korean American. He learned about his Korean background because before coming to the United States at the age of 9, he lived in Korea for half of his life. He learns about what is happening in his home country by watching the news. He tells me that, “One of the biggest events that recently happened was that Park Geun Hye, who was a female President of South Korea, was impeached for illegally taking thousands of dollars from the government for her own use.” Not only is this a form of corrupt government, but it is a representation of abuse of presidential power. Minho states, “This scandal brought shame upon my people, but it is definitely not a representation of how Korean people are.” Minho believes that Koreans are naturally hardworking people. He mentions, “A lot of the citizens work endless hours and receive little pay. There’s a saying where ‘we work til we drop’, which means Korean workers work so hard that they literally drop to the floor due to exhaustion.” Park’s actions do not reflect the Korean working class, but instead the exact opposite of it. Minho states that, “It’s in Korean tradition to work hard for something and not take free hand outs.”

The third person I interviewed was David L., Friday evening after a handball game. He said it was if I interviewed him. He identifies himself as Asian American. He states that, “My mom’s White and my dad’s Chinese, but they lean towards the Chinese part of me because I have more relatives on that side of the family.” He learns about his ethnic background because his grandmother from his dad’s side tells him stories about her experiences in China. He mentions, “She even makes me write Chinese characters so I’m more in tuned with my culture.” When asked about Chinese leaders he states, “I don’t really know too much about Chinese leaders, but I did watch the Disney movie Mulan. Whether she’s real or not, her story is really famous in terms of persistence, bringing honor to one’s family, and saving China.” The story of Mulan poses as a reflection of how it’s cultural norms to value a male more than a female, but also emphasizes the word “honor”. The actions that happen in each generation builds a reputation in each family.

The similarities that I noticed between each interview was that each person felt a deep connection with their culture. Their parents made it essential to keep in touch with their roots and tried to expose them to as much of their background as possible, whether it be through news or listening to stories. Likewise in Roman culture, storytelling definitely influenced the society’s morals, pride, and ethics. When David mentioned how Mulan was a well known heroine that saved China, it reminded me of Rome’s Emperor Augustus who protected his father’s estate and legacy by keeping the Roman Empire safe. In contrast, I noticed that in the interviews there were no mentions of war, but in Roman history, war is not something new. In the Excerpts of Vergil, in the story Aeneas Meets His Mother, there was a was a fight between Pygmalion (Dido’s brother) and Sychaeus (richest man in Tyre & Dido’s husband) where, “That unholy man, so blind in his lust for gold he ran him through with a sword, then hid the crime for months, deaf to his sister’s love, her heartbreak. Still he mocked her with wicked lies, with empty hopes.” This shows that due to Pygmalion’s greed for money and power, he committed a crime by murdering Sychaeus to gain everything. Regarding the interviews, Minho mentions how Park Geun Hye stole money from the government. Although she didn’t hurt anyone physically, she took advantage of her presidential power and abused it. She also tried to conceal her crime just as how Pygmalion tried to hide the truth of him murdering Sychaeus. Both figures in power were corrupt by their personal greed, but their actions do not reflect the virtues of the citizens.


Mary, Team Vulcan


Interviewing Interesting People

Last weekend I interviewed three people throughout Brooklyn College about their ethnicity and origins.

The first person I interviewed was Tony at the West Quad gym after we were done playing basketball. He did not mind me asking him some questions about his ethnicity and gave me permission to post his answers on this blog. He told me that he was born in the United States but identifies himself as Vietnamese. Since he was born in America he has learned most of the history about Vietnam from his parents and siblings. He mentioned to me that there was always one person through Vietnam’s history that everyone knew. This person was named Ho Chi Minh. He was known for doing many beneficial things for his country and the people that resided in it. He played a major role in the creation of the democratic republic of Vietnam. He was a great man that everyone really looked up to and will continue to be celebrated by the future generations. The values created by Ho Chi Minh’s legacy was extremely important to Vietnam and he played a major role in the country’s development.

On Sunday I interviewed my friend Mohammed H. through text message. He stated that he was fine with me asking him a few questions and sharing his answers online. He told me that he was born in Pakistan but moved to the United States around the age of 11. He spent most of his childhood in Pakistan and really grew up accustomed to the culture. One person he learned about from his parents is Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He was known as the founder of Pakistan and once a great leader. My friends parents were very young at the time Muhammad Ali Jinnah leaded the people of Pakistan but they continue to pass down his legacy because of how much of an impact he had on the country. He told me Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a person of extreme importance and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll ever be forgotten.

Monday afternoon I interviewed another one of my friends at the West Quad gym after playing basketball. His name is Matthew and he said that it was okay for me to ask him some questions and allowed me to post his responses online. He stated that he was born in America and does not have a strong connection to any other place. He says that his main inspiration was our former President Barack Obama. He told me that he really enjoyed Obama’s presidency and is grateful for the numerous great things he did for this country.  Barack Obama will always be a person that changed history by becoming the first African president and he is glad he was alive and present to witness it.

One major similarity I noticed between my interviews and the stories we learned about Rome is how they all remembered a significant leader. All of my friends that I have interviewed told me about a certain leader that played a major role in the development of their country. One leader the people of Rome similarly remembered and appreciated was Augustus. He was once a great warrior and leader that brought many changes to Rome. the quote I found was located in Vergil’s Aeneid and it states, “May this day be one of joy for Tyrians here and exiles come from Troy, a day our sons will long remember.” the quote is stating that this event be remembered for a long time and it connects to my interviews because all of my friends mentioned a certain leader that they have learned about from either their parents or siblings and it was passed down. It shows how big of an impact a leader can have on future generations and how their stories can be passed down.

Naim Nuvel, Team Vulcan


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Combining different beliefs

Pactricson P., Via Facebook messenger, Sunday evening

Are you comfortable if I ask you some questions about you ethnicity and origins?  Can I write about your answers on a public class blog?


Do you identify yourself with an country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?

“If someone asks for my ethnicity, then i would say African American. But if they don’t, I consider myself a Haitian American.”

How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? (If they feel no strong connection to other place or identity, then ask them to talk about being American.)

“I learned about America in school”

Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story?

“Barack Obama. Obama’s win in the election opened chances for every individual, especially black people. Examples such as Obama care and Michelle Obama’s healthy activities. Obama was also able to get the U.S. out of the recession in 2008”

What values do you think that story teaches? Are those values important in the traditions of your people? how?

“To aim high, which is why black families aspire to do something to do something greater in their lives instead of being stereotyped”


Ray R., Via iMessage, Sunday evening

Are you comfortable if I ask you some questions about you ethnicity and origins?  Can I write about your answers on a public class blog?


Do you identify yourself with an country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?

“African American/Caribbean American”

How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? (If they feel no strong connection to other place or identity, then ask them to talk about being American.)


Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story?

“Any person of power that maybe could found in the bible. We respect our elders but don’t revere them as legendary, like God”

What values do you think that story teaches? Are those values important in the traditions of your people? how?

“The values taught by us in the bible help us make morally just decisions in any and every scenario, specifically aspects of life, in which such judgement is needed. To list a few, a clean diet, respect for a community, and a lot for your family and people. These are some of the values held by our people in their traditions”


Tristan R., Via iMessage, Sunday evening

Are you comfortable if I ask you some questions about you ethnicity and origins?  Can I write about your answers on a public class blog?

“Yes ma’am”

Do you identify yourself with an country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?

“Yes, Jamaica and Panama”

How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? (If they feel no strong connection to other place or identity, then ask them to talk about being American.)

“Word of mouth/passed down stories”

Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story?

“No there isn’t”

What values do you think that story teaches? Are those values important in the traditions of your people? how?



“There as an ancient city held by Tyrian settlers, Carthage, facing Italy and the Tiber River’s mouth but far away– a rich city trained and fierce in war. Juno loved it, they say, beyond all other lands in the world, even beloved Samos, second best” (Vergil, 1). This quote was found in the opening of Vergil’s Aeneid, Book 1. The Roman goddess, Juno, made goals for Carthage to become powerful and desperately didn’t want the Fates to take control of its future. She used all her strength and determination to make Carthage into the kind of power she wanted. Although the stories that my friends shared didn’t relate to fighting for the future of the country, they mention the importance of having a great leader. This relates to Rome’s origins because there was typically a leader to make the best decisions for their people.

-Estrella Roberts, Team Vulcan

We all are unique in a different ways!

Over last week, I went to Brooklyn College to interview three different people around the campus. The interview helped me to learn about people’s ethnicity and their unique stories.

Last Monday afternoon, I interviewed a person named Jane Katie in Brooklyn college library. I saw her by on the second floor of the library and by the express computer. I asked if she was ok with me asking questions about her ethnicity and if she was ok with me posting it on the blog. Jane Kate said she was definitely ok with me posting it on the blog. She identifies herself as American because she was born in New York and grew up here. However, she still respects the country her parents came from which was Africa. Jane said she does not really know the history of Africa since she only been there once. She said she likes being American because she knows a lot history about how America was founded and she loves the freedom system in America. Also, likes all the opportunities offered to all the people such as health insurance and education. She considers her sister being her hero because her sister is a lawyer and she helps the minorities people with problems that they go through. Her sister tries to help people who are in the unfair system such as when minorities are mostly targeted by the police.  The value that the story teaches is that there are people in society who are trying to help the poor people or the minority people who get locked up in jail for no reason. Also, people who will fight for justice that those minorities deserve. The tradition is important in America because many minorities are being treated unfairly by the law and get locked up in jail for no reason for being colored person.

On last Wednesday afternoon, I interviewed a person named Yolanda Gonzalez in Boylan Hall. She was sitting on the red sofa at the Learning Center. She said she was ok with answering questions about her ethnicity and me posting on the blog post. She identifies herself as Mexican because she was born there and came to America when she was seven years old. She said she knows a lot about Mexican history. She said, In 1810 the Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo started the Mexican war of independence. The first leader of independent Mexico was Agustin de Iturbide. She considers her mother as a hero because she migrated to America with three children by herself. She works really hard to raise the children. Her mother dream is to go to a nursing school. She went to college here and became a nurse. She loves to help people in her hospital. She teaches her kids about helping other people. The value that the story teaches is that if people work hard, they will always get the positive result. And it is will always good to help other people. The tradition is important in America because helping other people is important and especially nurse helping the patient to make sure that the patients are comfortable and feel good about their health.

The last person I interviewed was last Thursday morning. The person named is Benjamin Smith. I interviewed him in the Brooklyn College Library on the first floor. He sits at the computer I was using. He said he was definitely ok with answering questions about his ethnicity and me posting on the blog post. He identifies himself as American because he was born and raised in New York. He said, he likes being American because he knows a lot about American history. He said that in America, people have so many opportunities. People can do whatever they like because there is so much freedom and rights are given to people. He also said, he loves the fact that in some city in America have so much diversity. He considers Muhammad Ali as his hero. He considers him as his hero because he was one of American professional boxer and activist. When he does boxing, it looks more like a peaceful fight than aggressive. Benjamin said he wants to become a boxer like him one day. The tradition is important in America because people see Muhammad as a motivator and people want to be like him.

After interviewing three people, the similarities between these stories and the stories I’ve read about Rome’s origins is that everyone has a unique story about their city. In the Rome, Juno shares the story of the city she loves. In the excerpts of Vergil-book 1 states, “Juno loved it, they say, beyond all other lands in the world, even beloved Samos, second best. Here she kept her armor, here her chariot too, and Carthage would rule the nations of the earth if only the Fates were willing. This was Juno’s goal from the start, and so she nursed her city’s strength. But she heard a race of men, sprung of Trojan blood, would one day topple down her Tyrian stronghold, breed an arrogant people ruling far and wide, proud in battle, destined to plunder Libya. So the Fates were spinning out the future . . .” This quote compares to the interviews because, in the quote, it explains about how Juno lover her city and the three people that I interviewed, they all have the story behind on how much they love their

Mantaha Mannan, Team Vulcan

Interesting Interviews

Thursday morning, I interviewed my friend John Milano through facebook messenger. He didn’t mind me asking questions about his ethnicity and origins, and allowed me to use it for my blog post. John identifies himself as American because he was born and raised in New York. He likes being American. John said Americans have great food, fun sports, and an amazing educational system. He considers his mother to be a hero because she saves lives as a neurosurgeon. She tells him stories every week about surgeries she performs. She once told him that a man, around forty years old was suffering from cancer.  He needed a lung replacement, she performed it with the help of her co workers. She really loves saving lives and her stories really are inspiring. The values that his mother’s story teaches is that neurosurgeons have the ability to save lives. Its their passion and drives them to perform these surgeries to their best abilities. These values are important in the traditions of Americans because many people are suffering from health issues. These specialists swoop in and give them hope, allowing them to be happy again.

Thursday evening, I interviewed my friend Vanessa Ramasani at Brooklyn College library. She didn’t mind me asking questions about her ethnicity and origins, and allowed me to use it for my blog post. Vanessa identifies herself as Guyanese. She said, Guyana gained its independence in 1966, the country’s economic assets have been its natural resources. They consists of pristine rainforests, sugarcane plantations, rice fields, and bauxite and gold reserves. She considers Rawle Junior Kalomo Marshall to be a hero. He is a Guyanese-American professional basketball player. Vanessa considers Rawle as a hero because there weren’t many guyanese people in the NBA. This story teaches leadership. Rawle came from from a country that wasn’t known for sports but made it to the NBA. He will inspire other guyanese people to strive for their dream, no matter where you come from.

Thursday night, I interviewed my friend Mohammed Ahmed at the basketball gym. He didn’t mind me asking questions about his ethnicity and origins, and allowed me to use it for my blog post. Ahmed said he’s from Pakistan but considers himself American because he was born in Kings County Hospital in New York City. Ahmeds life as an American has been great. He’s made a lot of good friends and built relationships with many people. He considers his father to be a hero because he works hard to support his family. Ahmeds father told him that he lived in Pakistan for 25 years, then came to America. He didn’t have a degree or anything, he slept in his cousin’s house. He decided to enroll in college while working part time in Dunkin Donuts. He is now an IT, he then started a family. This story teaches people that it doesn’t matter what or where you come from. If you work hard, many great opportunities will open up to you.

The similarities between these stories and the stories I’ve read about Rome’s origins is that everyone has love for their city. Whether its America, Pakistan, Guyana or anywhere else, people love country and ethnicity. This is similar to Juno in Vergil’s Aeneid because she loves her city. A quote I found in the book states “There was an ancient city held by Tyrian settlers, Carthage, facing Italy and the Tiber River’s mouth but far away—a rich city trained and fierce in war. Juno loved it.” Juno loves her city just as John and Ahmed love New York City and Vanessa loves Guyana.

Mohammed, team Vulcan


Are they American?

This week I interviewed three of my friends asking them about their ethnicity and story behind that.

  1. Last Thursday, I interviewed my friend Joanna L. after our business class in Ingersoll Hall building at Brooklyn College. She said that she is okay with answering the questions about her ethnicity and me posting it on my blog post. She identifies herself as American, however, she was born in Greece, Europe and lived there only 3 years, so she did not study much about the history of the country. She came to the United States when she was 3, and started school here and studied about American history. She said that her hero will be always Barack Obama as he made a lot of great changes in this country, and also because the role of the president is such a responsibility which not many can handle. She also said that the story behind it is when she met him personally. She had the chance to meet him because one of her teachers from high school knew him privately, and because she was one of the best in her senior year, her teacher took her and 2 other people for short meeting. I was really surprised when I heard the story.
  2.  On Tuesday after my English class on our way to the train station, I interviewed my friend Kathy B. She said that she is okay with answering the questions about her ethnicity and me posting it on my blog post. She identifies herself as Spanish because she was born in Spain, Europe and spent there 10 years of her life. She said that she does not remember much about the history of Spain, however, she the person that she would value would be definitely a president, which was very surprising for me because the girl I interviewed first said the same thing. Kathy also explained to me that in her opinion president is a person who carries many responsibilities, and people against him.
  3. On Wednesday morning, before my INDS class, I met one of my friends, Olivia S., and interviewed her on our way to classes in Roosevelt Hall building. She said that she is okay with answering the questions about her ethnicity and me posting it on my blog post.She was born and raise in New York City, so she identifies herself with American. However, her parents are from Columbia. She said she does not know the history of Columbia, only a few facts that her parents used to tell her, but she only learns the American history. Olivia said that for her, heroes are her parents. She said that is for many reasons, and one of them and the most important is that when they were young they came to the NYC by themselves without much money or ability to speak English. However, they did all they could to build a great family and raise her for a good person. She said that there are thousands of reasons why she treats them as heroes, sometimes little for others, but big for her.

All of these 3 interviews from Brooklyn College are interesting and each of them is different in its own way. I think that the first 2 people who said that president is definitely the hero for them can identify with Rome’s origins because the hero there was a ruler. Quote that I found:
” This was Juno’s goal from the start, and so she nursed her city’s strength” (Vergil’s Aeneid)
I think it can be connected all of my interviews because it emphasizes how did goddess care about the city and people. The same it’s with people who chose the president as their hero, he is the one who takes care of the city. It also connects to Olivia for whom parents are the hero because they had to take care of themselves and prepare to take care of her.

Edyta, Team Aphrodite

A Modern Conception of Romulus and Remus


James Barsness. Romulus and Remus. 1993. Web. 7 Dec 2017.


The piece above is found at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery in Manhattan on the first floor. It is a contemporary piece depicting Romulus and Remus the brothers who founded Rome and were raised by the she wolf. This painting is similar to the ideas we viewed in class because Academic art was often limited creativity and would be realistic and have us as the viewers thinking we are looking through a window. This is a non-academic piece because the figures are blurry and the strokes are very defined and not well blended. Their bodies are also crunched up and in the nude. Also like some of the contemporary art we looked at the figures are looking at us and making us realize we are looking at a painting. How ever it differs because the figures can be depicted and not so abstract that we have to imagine their shape. Also like some of the pieces we looked at there is no use of cubism, the figures have soft curves that are more realistic than sharp angular shapes.

The quote I chose for this photo is from Livy Book one section four paragraph two, “She gave the infants her teats so gently that the master of the royal flock found her licking them with her tongue.” This quote relates to the image because the two boys have this wild look in their eye and have an animal like feature to them because they were nurtured by a she wolf. However it differs because the quote is describing that event and the painting seems to be after that event because they look like they have grown and they aren’t nursing off of the wolf anymore. The artist intentions could have been to show how the animal instinct still lingered in the boys. Also the way they are so close together and in a timid pose is how two wolf could act when being watched. It shows how the finders of Rome were rough and tough and had an amazing bringing up. She also could have left the brush strokes like she did to almost look like hair or fur. I feel the artist was most interested in this aspect to make them look like they have that animal instinct still in their eyes. In the text the interest was describing them in their later years and how they shaped Rome and what happened later; unlike the artist who wanted the animal instinct to be remembered. Emma, Team Saturn

The Ruler


I interview three friends I have in Brooklyn College, and asked them the following questions. “Do you identify yourself with an country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story? What values do you think that story teaches?  Are those values important in the traditions of your people?  how?”

“I identify myself as a Punjabi from India and she learned about the history through the internet. There was a freedom fighter named Bhagat Singh who fought for India’s independence from Britain. The reason why I bring Bhagat Singh is because he is never mentioned in history lessons when India’s independence from Britain is taught.The values this story teaches are that Punjabi’s are brave. Non-Punjabi people may not believe it, but Punjabi people pride themselves on being the fighting warriors for India.” Chahat L., via Email, Tuesday afternoon.

“I identify myself as Chinese, which is ethnicity beyond the United States of America. I had learned about the history from that place from my parents. I was being taught that Mao, ZeDong was a hero to all Chinese people in the 20th century. He lead China to walk toward great success during the time of civil war. The value of the story teaches me that it is important to have intelligence and bravery to be a leader, and the key of being a great leader is to make the country strong and the citizen of the country can have a satisfy life.” Huiyi X., via WeChat, Monday night.

“I identify myself as Chinese. But I do not know anything about the origin from China because I came to America when I was 13, and at that time, I was still young and have bare knowledge about my country.” Shuting C., via WeChat, Monday night.

The similarities I found on my three interviews are two of my friends think in order to be a leader/hero of a country, they usually consider to be brave and smart. Under their leads, people will always to be proud of them because they brings peace and freedom to their own country. Otherwise they will not be consider to be “great”. The difference in the two story is Chahat said that “Bhagat Singh” is a fighter that have bravery and in Huiyi story, Mao Zedong is a intelligent leader. One of them fight in real war and the other fight with his mind and stratagem.

“These were the principal events at home and in the field that marked the reign of Romulus. Throughout – whether we consider the courage he showed in recovering his ancestral throne, or the wisdom he displayed in founding the City and adding to its strength through war and peace alike – we find nothing incompatible with the belief in his divine origin and his admission to divine immortality after death.” Vergil’s Aeneid, Book 1 [1.15]. The reason I choose this quote to connect the answers with the two interviews is because I think that in order to be a good leader, wisdom and strength are indispensability and Rumulus have both strategies as a leader of Rome.

Different Cultures

I interviewed three different people that go to Brooklyn College who are not in our class and these were their responses:

The first person I interviewed was Linda C. and this interview took place on Tuesday afternoon at the library. She said she was comfortable answering questions about her ethnicity and said it is fine to use her answers for my blog post. Linda said she identifies herself with a country and that is China. She was actually born in China and moved here at the age of 9. She remembers a lot of her childhood in China since she spent half of her life in China and half of it here in America. Linda remembers a little when it comes to learning about the history of China but this was only when she was in school in China. She said her parents really looked up to Mao Zedong who was a Chairman and led a communist revolution. There was a huge sculpture of him that took very long to build and this proves that Mao was probably looked up to by most people in China for what he has done for the country.

The second person I interviewed was Anthony L. and this interview took place on Tuesday afternoon on the train when we were both heading home from morning classes. He said he was comfortable with answering questions about his ethnicity which is he identifies himself with being American. Although his parents and grandparents are from China and he knows that all his family who was born in China came to American for a better life as in a better job so they could provide food and necessities for their family. Since Anthony identifies himself very strongly about being American, he learned about America’s history in history and social studies classes that he took in high school. He said there is not really anyone that he sees as a hero so he was not able to answer the last question.

The last person that I interviewed was Connie J. and this interview took place on Wednesday morning after INDS class when I bumped into her on campus. She said that she was comfortable answering questions about her origins and is okay with me using her answers for a public blog post. She said she identifies herself with being an American just like the second interviewee who said the same thing. She said she had learned about America’s past in high school classes as well as in college. She is a a few years older than I am so she has taken more classes where she learned about the history of America. Connie said that the person she looks up to is overtime a president is in charge because the president makes changes for the people and she finds it important to support our president.

All three of these stories from three Brooklyn College students are similar in that they all identified with a place, although two of them identified as just being American but they learned about their origins past while in school so that depending on the place you are in, you will be taught about the past of that area. This is a little similar to the story we read for class, “I am Aeneas, duty-bound.I carry aboard my ships the gods of house and home we seized from enemy hands. My fame goes past the skies. I seek my homeland—Italy—born as I am from highest Jove. I launched out on the Phrygian sea with twenty ships, my goddess mother marking the way, and followed hard on the course the Fates had charted.” This quote explains how Aeneas sees himself as one who is a great hero. This quote relates mainly to the first interviewee since Mao Zedong was seen as a leader where many people looked up to him.

-Raine, Team Jupiter


Gods, But Not Heroes.

I asked three students the five questions given in the instructions to the blog post.

1. Michael V., Sunday morning, via text.

a) yeah, sure.

b) yes, i’m Jewish.

c) yes

d) yes, there’s a story about King Solomon, King of Israel who died in the 900s BC. the story goes that two women came to home fighting over a baby which each women claimed to be hers. to solve issue, king Solomon proposed an idea: they could split the baby in half an each women would get half the baby. when one women readily agreed and the other did not, the king knew write away who the real mother was.

e) the major thing to learn from this story is his wisdom. he was known all around             the world for it. not much of a value, but rather holds historical value.

2. Rahel S., Monday afternoon, In the library.

a) yeah

b) yes, i’m Israeli.

c) yes

d) yes, someone very important to our people is the former prime minister of                   Israel,  Golda Meir. Meir was born in the Ukraine and then moved to the United States with her family. Golda’s parents did not support her education so she moved away and completed high school on her own. she later moved to Israel and became their first female prime minister. She was a political activist almost her whole life and was extremely influential.

e) Growing up, Golda Meir had always been an inspiration to us girls. so many people told her she couldn’t achieve what she did because of her gender and she proved them all wrong. she was an incredible feminist icon to so many of us and opened up so many minds about the capabilities of women.

3. Sammie D., Monday afternoon, in the libary

a) yes

b) Yes, im from Haiti

c) yes

d) yes, Toussaint Louverture. He was one of the main leaders of the Haitian Revolution. he was partially responsible for the independence of my country. even throughout slavery, he encouraged the people and never gave up.

e) it teaches us to never give up and to always be positive and have hope, which is something we need in this day and age and looking back at this hero gives us hope even today.

In all three interviews, the students spoke about someone who was great among their people because of what that person had done for others. Golda Meir for women, King Solomon for the Israelites, and Toussaint Louverture for the Haitian people. In the Greek mythologies, the gods are portrayed as selfish, and do thing that benefit themselves without any care for anyone else. they act impulsively on emotion and do not consider the consequences of their actions on others. “Even furious Juno, now plaguing the land and sea and sky with terror: she will mend her ways and hold dear with me
these Romans, lords of the earth, the race arrayed in togas” (Virgil, 3). In this quote, it shows how the goddess Juno acted out of her own anger and emotions, against the benefit of the people, and very selfishly.

Gabriella, Team Hestia

People are different in their own ways..

For this last blog I interviewed my friends that are not in our classics class with me. And asked them these given questions

Diverse People Thinking Looking Up Concept

  1. Are you comfortable if I ask you some questions about you ethnicity and origins?  Can I write about your answers on a public class blog?
  2. Do you identify yourself with an country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?
  3. How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? (If they feel no strong connection to other place or identity, then ask them to talk about being American.)
  4. Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story?
  5. What values do you think that story teaches?  Are those values important in the traditions of your people?  how?

The first person I interviewed is my best friend Temurbek. I talked to him front of James Hall at 1:30 on Monday afternoon. He was comfortable with me asking questions about his ethnicity and origins. He was also ok with his answers being written in my blog. The country he identify himself with other than America is  Uzbekistan. He learned about the origin, culture from his parents and from the school he went to in Uzbekistan. He talked about a legend who is a leader called Amir Temur who conquered half of Asia and was respected by many people for being a wise king. The story taught him how even if you are small and not powerful; you can still achieve great things. Its all about believing in yourself.

The second person I interviewed was Maria. We were having lunch Tuesday afternoon around 3 Pm. She was comfortable with me asking questions about her ethnicity and origins. She was ok with me posting it on my blog as well. The country she identified herself with other than America is Mexico. She was born there but was only one years old when she moved to United states. She did not learn about her culture or went to school there. Her parents did not teach her much either. She is Americanized and when I asked her about a hero from united states or a story. She talked about Alexander the Great. She said how she learned about him in high school and knows how he did great things for people and remembers him as a good military leader.She was having a hard time coming up with any story. She just said how he taught her the true definition of a leader. Someone who suppose to take actions for his country and really prove himself.

The third and the last person I talked to was my friend siam through Instagram. We talked on Monday night around 11 pm. The country he identify himself as other than America is Bangladesh. He said that he does not have strong connection with his origin, mostly because his entire family lives in the United states and never really had chance to connect with his culture. He likes being American because there is more acceptance and more room to grow for an individual. There are not forced rules that one has to follow. If he could talk about a story then he described Bangladesh independence story. He did not remember the name of the president but he does remember that the president of Bangladesh during a war against Pakistan gathered massive amount of people to fight for their country. It was a time when they had no military or any help from any country or economic stability. The president had done the impossible and my friend will always remember that. He finds that impressive. The lesson that he learned from that victory story is that when there is a will, there will always be a way. He learned that hardwork and dedication towards a goal can make anyone achieve great things.

The quote that I’m using today is ”But Aeneas, dusty-bound, his mind restless with worries all that night, reached a firm resolve as the fresh day broke, out he goes to explore the strange terrian” (Vergil). This shows how dedicated he has been. He is a warrior, a leader who shows his identity in his actions. His ability to accept his destined path even being unhappy in doing so makes him a graceful hero. He cared for the people and showed his heroism with his actions. He obeyed faith which is one of the reasons behind him being a good leader. He relates to the leader described by my friend Temur and Siam. They both described leaders who putted their people and jobs first. Just like Aeneas, they were determined and respected then and now. Fizza Saeed, Team Hermes

China and Rome

I’ve asked a couple of students that haven’t been questioned yet, and here are their responses.

Jeanette Ou:

  1. Yes, sure.
  2. China.
  3. I leaned about ancient China back in the middle school in my history class. I found the history of China interesting and I leaned something out of it.
  4. Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor that centralized ancient China. Before him, China was not a centralized country and it was pretty not stable. But he did so many violent things.
  5. You can’t control people’s minds, the only place people have their freedom fully is essentially their minds. Violence can not solve everything, there are instances where moderate violence helped to achieve great goods, however, in general violence should never be the answer.

Via WeChat, 15:16, Sunday 12/03.


Kelly Zhao:

  1. Yeah
  2. China
  3. I learned about Chinese culture here in the United States so sadly I know pretty much nothing, I am Americanized now.
  4. I was taught that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. I learned that there was a civil war in which the North of the US fought against the South. Abraham Lincoln happened to be the president at that time and he had to deal with this crisis. From what I know he was the one who finally freed slaves and made slavery illegal.
  5. A lot of things are considered the “norm” until someone points at it. Back in those days slavery was considered normal practice and pretty much everyone had slaves. However, thankfully, people somehow started realizing that a human should now own another human. So, sometimes you have to challenge norms in order for the society to progress.

Via Messenger, 22:14, 12/03

Zong Ying Ou:

  1. Yes sure
  2. Yes, China
  3. I learned about the history of China through TV. I think China is an amazing country that went through a lot of hard times.
  4. Mao Ze Dong and the Communist party was supported by the people in lower class. He led the party, and they got through so many hard times. He set the people from lower class free from old capitalist society which let them live a happier life without using too much violence. The party that went against used lots of violence and ended up failing in gaining support from majority of the people and fled to Taiwan.
  5. The best way to make a lot of people listen to you and agree with you its not to argue with them, violence will never help. Instead what you could do to appeal to people is show them why they should choose you. Mao Ze Dong showed to poor people that they don’t have to be always poor and he told them in a society where everyone is equal they will live just as someone who was previously rich. You have to in a way place yourself in their shoes, how would you feel if you were in their situation?

In KungFuTea on Avenue U, 17:07 ,12/03

Since everyone I’ve interviewed was Chinese, they told me similar stories. They told me that violence is not a way to resolve issues, instead you should try to think like the people you are trying to appeal to. I feel like the origin of China is somewhat similar to that of Rome in a way that the creation of a strong dynasty and republic there has to be violence. However, both Mao Ze Dong and Augustus used as little of violence as possible. “Tell me, Muse, how it all began. Why was Juno outraged? What could wound the Queen of the Gods with all her power? Why did she force a man, so famous for his devotion, to brave such rounds of hardship, bear such trials? Can such rage inflame the immortals’ hearts?” (Excerpts-of-vergil-book-1) Here in this quote we see that again, use of violence is never welcomed. You can’t force people to like you, you can’t make them do as you want. You have to appeal to them in one or another way, and then after that’s done you can send side signals to them with the things you want them to do, but don’t be direct- make it look like it was their idea to begin with!

-Diana, Team Mercury



Appreciating and Learning Cultures

For this last blog post, I decided to interview some classmates of mine to answer for Unit 8.

The students that I interviewed are Lily Y. , Amy Y. and Wenjing L.

I proceeded to ask them the 5 questions.

  1.  Are you comfortable if I ask you some questions about your ethnicity and origins?  Can I write about your answers on a public class blog?
  2. Do you identify yourself with a country or ethnicity beyond the United States of America?  If so, which one?
  3. How have you learned about the origins/history/past/importance of that place? (If they feel no strong connection to other place or identity, then ask them to talk about being American.)
  4. Is there one person, maybe a hero or ‘wiseman’ or king or law-giver, that is important to your people–someone people tell stories about, maybe legendary, maybe true?  Can you tell me a story?
  5. What values do you think that story teaches?  Are those values important in the traditions of your people?  how?

For Lily, I interviewed her at the campus cafeteria on Thursday morning. Her reply for number 1 was “Yes” for being comfortable with her questions being on the public blog and with discussing her ethnicity and origins. Lily says she identifies herself with an ethnicity beyond the USA, which is Chinese.  For number 3, she had the most struggle as she wasn’t raised in a traditional household, where she was raised in an Americanized culture. Because of that, she lost her connections with her home country. Since she was raised in an Americanized culture, she learned mostly about American history. As for her countries’ history, she learned whatever the textbook provided her. As for question 4, she didn’t have a hero really that she knew or could talk about. I thanked her afterward for her cooperation.

For Wenjing L., I interviewed her at the campus library, on Monday afternoon. She agreed with the 1st question, allowing her answers to be in a public blog post and being asked about her ethnicity and origins. For the 2nd question, she answers “Yes I do, it’s China because I’m proud of where I’m from and being Chinese as an individual person.” For the 3rd question, she answers “Yes I have been educated in my countries history because I was educated over there for a few years. I know the basic foundation of knowledge for my country.” For the 4th question, she explains the story of Mao Zedong. She tells me how Mao was told to her from when she was a young girl. Mao was a president of China, right after the last dynasty was put to an end. He saved China from evil and helped established the new system of the country that China has currently to this day. She also tells me how on the bills of China, it’s only Mao’s face that is on all the bills, which can symbolize how important he was to China and its people.

And finally, for Amy Y., I interviewed her on Tuesday morning, before class started. She answers yes for me being able to ask her about her origins and ethnicity. For the 2nd question, she does identify herself with an ethnicity outside of the USA, which is China as well. For the 3rd question, she tells me how she learned the past and history of China from her parents and what she watches on the news. As for the 4th question, she tells me how she couldn’t think of a specific hero or legends of China besides Mulan. She tells me how Mulan is a tale of a young lady taking the place of her father to help fight for the war the next 12 years. During those years, she was never discovered to be a girl and that was what made its impact. Knowing during the time of China, girls were deemed not useful besides being a housewife or taking care of the house/family. Going into the war was a man’s job, which is why the story of Mulan was so powerful. This let girls and young women be strong and confident with taking positions or jobs that were mainly given to men.

“My comrades, hardly strangers to pain before now, we all have weathered worse. Some god will grant us an end to this as well. You’ve threaded the rocks resounding with Scylla’s howling rabid dogs, and taken the brunt of the Cyclops’ boulders, too.9 Call up your courage again. Dismiss your grief and fear. A joy it will be one day, perhaps, to remember even this. Through so many hard straits, so many twists and turns
our course holds firm for Latium. There Fate holds out a homeland, calm, at peace. There the gods decree the kingdom of Troy will rise again. Bear up. Save your strength for better times to come.” ” This quote from the Vergil Book reminded me of Wenjing’s story on Mao Zedong. I can imagine how he was basically a hero to the people of China back then and how he wanted to save them from the evils that were (happening or bound to happen.)


-Michelle Z. Team Zeus


Political Agendas and Family Bonding

Hania K., Sunday via imessage.                                                                                                        1) yes and of course
2)yes I say that I’m Lebanese as well as American
3) I don’t know much about Lebanon’s history or origins considering I was born and raised here and i didn’t have much education on that. But I do know that lebanon has a large Christian population and to make it fair in government there has to be a Christian appointed into the government as well as a Muslim Shia and Muslim Sunni but that’s the most that I know. And that lebanon has gone through many wars. I know more about culture and family rather than the history of Lebanon.
4) Personally I don’t know who or what the people look up to in Lebanon. I know there is a president as well as a prime minister. I heard that the prime minister actually resigned recently but I don’t know what the deal on that is. There is also a man named Hassan Nasrallah. I don’t know how the people view him but the last time I went to Lebanon, which was about 3 years ago, there were posters about him everywhere. He was apparently assassinated because of some political problems with other countries.
5) The most that I understand is that the government is not very great and it has had conflicts with other countries before. I’ve experienced and have knowledge on how my family has been effected due to political problems that have risen due to conflicts. But honestly all I care about is seeing if my family is okay and that they’re safe. I don’t go much into political problems. When I think of Lebanon I don’t think about it’s history or it’s leaders, I think about my family and my town where I had a lot of fun memories in. So I can’t really answer questions 3 and 4 very well. Tradition wise I know a lot. The large Christian population has impacted the way people in Lebanon live especially my town. My family is Muslim but celebrate Christian holidays with our Christian neighbors and families and they celebrate our holidays. We are very connected and I’m proud of it because it makes us more open minded about many things I feel


Danielle A., Sunday via imessage.
1. Yes sure
2. Uwas born in America and am part of the Syrian community. My mother is from brooklyn while my father is from Israel.
3. In my community we are all united and are always a there for each other at all times. We have holidays and traditions that we all follow and makes us feel united. i learnt a lot from my holidays, and the laws I need to follow. We learn from our ancestors from generation to generation and hopefully I will pass everything down to my children.
4. God is important to my people and I, we call him Hashem. We follow all his laws. We believe and learn from him that everything happens for a reason no matter what. He is very special, and created the man and woman and animals and everything in this world.
Story- (it’s not culturally story but it is pretty significant.)  Recently a boy in our community became sick, a million what’s app chats came out with prayers and things to do with the family and with no doubt everyone was ready to help. We raised a lot of money and are praying for him each day. He is doing gradually better
5. To always be there for one another, never let a community member down. We are family

Yasmeen A ., Sunday via imessage.                                                                                                    1. Yes, sure
2. Yes I am a Yemeni and I am Muslim
3. Yes! However, just a few years ago My answer would be no. I never knew the history or understood the importance of Yemen until a few years ago when I experienced the war that is still currently occurring. I have constantly been trying to learn about my country’s past and present movements via news and internet. My country is known for its, beautiful weather, high mountains, clear seas, rare trees, ancient buildings, and many more. Some may not even know that Yemen was the first country to create and trade coffee (Mocha). However now, it is a battlefield. Just a few years back in the 20th century Yemen used to be split into two parts: the north and the south. Throughout time they ended up uniting to just be one country. As of now, Yemen is considered one country. However, there have been many controversial issues between the two sides. They have been fighting for a while and because they have been picking at there own neighbors, they didn’t realize Saudi Arabia was planning an attack on them. Now currently for the past 3 years they have been in a civil war with Saudi Arabia. It is a war based off of different political Views. It all started when the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after 32 years of presidency. A new president, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected to hold the presidency. Many people didn’t agree with this election, they still believed president. Saleh should still have this position. So he and his followers formed a political movement in Sadaa(a northern city in Yemen) and tried to attack president. Hadi and his team. So president. Hadi found a way to flee the country and came back with Saudi supporting him. Mind you Yemen is a third world country. It’s one of the most poorest countries amongst the other Arab countries. Therefore, you can tell their military isn’t fully equipped for a war especially compared to Saudi Arabia, one of the most richest countries in the world. So now Saudi and Yemen are still fighting and it does not seem to be coming to an end.
4&5. I don’t know any legendary tales or anything but I can tell you something recent. Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni, Muslim, Women journalist who won the novel peace prize. To me she is my hero. Due to what the media portrays in the United States people believe Islam treats women as they are inferior. They believe Muslim women are slaves to men, non-educated, and domestically beat. However, they don’t know that Islam was actually one of the first religions to give women rights. I personally love Twakkol Karman because she is a great example of a role model to all the young Yemeni women, including myself, in today’s society. She takes a stand for us and teaches us not to be afraid and to take a stand too.

These stories my friends shared with me were nothing like the stories I read about Rome’s origins. Countries like Lebanon, Yemen and Israel are all dealing with political issues. Essentially  I think the “origin” stories other than those related to Religion may no longer be relevant to these communities. Muslims, Christians and Jews have a lot of overlapping religious history and the people I interviewed were linked to one of these 3 faiths which leads be to believe that perhaps their  communities didn’t particularity care about myths as it could’ve clashed with religion. All the stories that my friends did tell me were contemporary. They were about events that either politically effected their lives and well beings , surviving or they were related with friends and family and sharing a bond and being united.

Suman, Team Hephaestus

Global Heroes

Hussain, Basement 11pm

Hussain is from Puerto Rico and Egypt. He doesn’t know too much of his countries’ past/history but he does know of the story of President Mubarak. He learned of this story through family conversations and watching television broadcasts. President Mubarak began governing Egypt in 1981. His rule began to crumble as police brutality arose. Online protests began and soon after, marches, civil disobedience, and demonstrations caused the spark of the 2011 revolution. Hussain, while watching all of this occur from America, learned that anything is possible when people come together with a common goal.

Aline, Basement 11pm

Aline is from Mexico. She has learned of her country’s history through family and school. One significant story she has learned is about the Mexican War of Independence. Spanish conquests in Mexico ended with bloodshed and territorial expansion. Mexican independence movements began soon after and war broke out in 1810. Many Mexican commanders sacrificed their lives to help Mexico achieve independence. Aline learned from this story that nothing in life is handed to you. She learned that she must work hard to get what she wants.

Elliot, Basement 11pm

Elliot is from Latvia. He learned of his country’s history through his family. A great story he learned of his country is the rise of Kristaps Porzingis. Surrounded by crime, his mother worked all day to put food on Porzingis’ table. Skinny and constantly fatigued due to anemia issues, Porzinigs’ path to NBA fame was not easy. Porzingis would constantly be underestimated by his Spanish league coaches. “He’s too skinny to have an impact” was a sentiment he heard throughout his basketball life. How could a fatigued skinny 7-footer be able to affect a game of basketball? Porzingis answered this question quickly. He proved himself to be able to lead an NBA franchise, the New York Knicks, and have a global impact. He is now the star of New York and has transformed the perception of Latvia. From a crime-ridden country to a now prospering nation, Porzingis has truly transformed Latvia. Press reports and media stepped foot into his hometown, Liepaja. He showed how his country truly is and has even been discussed in NATO discussions. Porzingis has shown Elliot that no matter where you come from, you can make it big. Elliot learned to not limit himself and to reach for the stars, the same way Porzingis did.


During Ceasar’s rise, he allied with Crassus and Pompey. In the Lives of Illustrious Men Excerpts, Pompey’s death is described in great detail. “The head was cut from the lifeless body; such an action had been unknown before this time. The rest of the body, thrown into the Nile and burned on a funeral pile by Servius Codrus, was buried in a tomb with this inscription: Here lies Pompey the Great.” This relates to the death of many Mexicans during the Mexican War of Revolution. Mexicans were slaughtered by the masses at the hands of the Spanish. Similarly, Egyptians were killed at the hands of the police during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. These stories all have similar themes of unity. With a common goal, many people join forces to achieve something considered impossible.

-Ahmed, Team Mars


6174670256_IMG_0592This last summer, I’d made it my goal to visit some of the museums in the city. So I had visited the Natural History Museum, the Transit Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and then finally the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum of Modern Art had a lot of beautiful paintings and sculptures. It was my favorite museum I had visited the entire summer. Getting off the train and walking to the museum you wouldn’t be able to miss it. The MET is so visually appealing and is a work of art itself. The architecture used in constructing it really caught my eye. Now that I’m taking Art1010 I can take notice more of the features that looked visually appealing to me. From studying the Parthenon in class im more aware of the features the building of the MET has. It uses the columns like they are used in the Parthenon. The Parthenon columns  also had volutes on the top of them which are scroll like ornaments. Both the Met and The Parthenon are similar in the regard. Both the Parthenon and the MET they are above street level.


Greek Art in the 21st Century


After leaving my job at Wall Street, I decided to walk around and came across the large buildings at the financial district. I noticed their structures, and, shortly after, noticed one particular building with columns that reminded me of those which were used in Greek temples. As soon as I saw the scroll-like volutes, it gave it away that it was ionic structure. I couldn’t help but realize how beautiful it really was and how the scroll-like ornament added sophistication as well as an ancient feel to the building. It is obvious that this structure is used to hold offices, as opposed to back then in the mid sixth century B.C.E when it was used to honor the Greek gods, such as Hera and Artemis at Ephesus. This is a perfect example of how Greek architecture has influenced modern-day society and how their styles have lived over the course of many centuries.