Haley Scholar Reading Groups
By Cindy Lyles
In his essay “True Colors,” Malcolm Gladwell discusses how hair-dye related to a variety of ideas and processes concerning cultural perspectives, psychology, feminism, and identity. Gladwell notes, at one point, that quite a few things were “bound up together, the profound and the trivial.” So, he makes a case for including issues associated with hair and coloring when writing the history of women in the postwar era.
The notion that seemingly “trivial” issues might in fact be integral to major historical and cultural shifts is fascinating, even if it runs somewhat counter to popular conceptions of significant events.
Let’s consider these issues locally.
When and if we write an educational history at SIUE and more specifically, an educational history of “underrepresented” students at SIUE, what ‘profound and trivial’ issues might we be inclined to discuss at the same time? Why?