We listened to a lot of insightful guest lecturers in this course, but the two that stood out to me the most were Sherry Mariea and Joe Erb.
Sherry Mariea’s lecture stood out to me because gender inequality is an issue I feel strongly about. She said that she never considered herself a feminist even though she advocates for a world of gender equality, and I have always felt the same way. Like her, I have been excluded from conversations about ‘masculine’ topics that I wish I could have been a part of. I think that it is important to learn about different topics, and I don’t think that others should assume that a female enjoying sports is a sign she’s questioning her sexuality or gender identity. Although I may have a similar mindset as many feminists, I choose not to identify as one. This is because the term ‘feminist’ implies many ideologies and if I come across one I don’t agree with, I don’t want to have to pretend to agree with it to keep my identity as a feminist.
I am entering a field dominated by men(actuarial science) and I hope that I am lucky enough to work in a firm where my gender will not determine how I am treated. In the beginning of my career it may determine my salary and my relationships with clients and colleagues, but like Mariea, I hope that I don’t live in a world like that for the rest of my life.
Joe Erb’s lecture also stood out to me because I believe that culture preservation is important. There are many people in the world who feel helpless to preserve their languages and cultures. in the new technological era of our world. Major web pages are available primarily in languages spoken by hundreds of millions of people, and these languages dominate the international business world. Because of this, parents are feeling more and more pressured to teach their children these languages so they can thrive in this new era. Joe Erb showed that it is possible to preserve a language without living in the past. He is the reason that the Cherokee language is available on Apple devices and is compatible with other technologies. I think this is inspirational because if other dying cultures were to have advocates as strong as him, maybe we wouldn’t live in a world dominated solely by Chinese, Japanese, and major European languages.
Before I began blogging about Afghanistan, I didn’t have much of an idea of what goes on there. I knew that it’s constantly used as a war ground and that the US is constantly sending troops over there, but that was all I knew. My research taught me about how climate change is effecting Afghans, not just tropical and polar regions. This helped bring the issue of climate change to my attention. I began to realize that it’s a real issue that is affecting the entire planet, and soon we will all begin to see the consequences. My research also showed me how corrupt governments can be. Many past and present Afghan political leaders have been unfair to their citizens, and there is no one to hold them accountable. This inspired me to look into advocating for a better global law enforcement system. I am realizing that in an increasingly globalized world, we can only remain peaceful if everyone is held accountable for their actions. This means that either the United Nations needs to gain more authority and law enforcement power, or a new system needs to be created. The current United Nation’s purpose is to prevent World War 3, but maybe it isn’t enough anymore.