URBAN ART CULTURAL IMMERSION

By Kwesi Billups My Cross-Cultural Communications professor has assigned a semester long cultural immersion project designed to help students develop intercultural literacy. My group for the assignment chose to research “Urban Art” culture to ultimately identify the most common forms and messages in DC urban art, and connect our in-class themes to real-world findings. A firsthand […]

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Build the Wall? It’s Already Built

Rhetorical Analysis #2 By Kwesi Billups In Part II of Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, Sarah Schindler details the social and economic exclusion of marginalized racial groups and classes that has historically manifested itself throughout the physicality of built environment. Schindler believes that laden within the deepest subtext […]

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Democracy, Boom or Bust?: A Short Analysis of the Failings of Rugged Individualism

Rhetorical Analysis #1 By Kwesi Billups In Section 1.2 of City of Rhetoric, David Fleming interprets the most basic assumption that lies at the heart of democratic theory: that every individual member of society possesses an equal role and stake in gluing together what constitutes an informed public, and that such individual “freedoms” only exist […]

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Digital Archive: Historical/Cultural- Posh Posse

By Kwesi Billups The Mayflower Hotel hosts carefully curated businesses, housing a Thomas Pink store to appeal to wealthy customers of the high end clothier, and an EDGAR Bar and Kitchen which has served as a central social fixture to the hotel that has been the center of various political events and scandals over time. […]

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Digital Archive: Historical/Cultural- Built for Excellence

By Kwesi Billups The Mayflower Hotel is located on Connecticut Avenue at the Farragut North metro station- a relatively affluent part of Downtown DC. The building itself is architecturally classic and gaudy. Frankly, I was initially concerned that I wouldn’t be allowed into the hotel, or, at the very least, that I would need to have […]

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