Thank You from Dr. Duncan’s Postcolonial Lit Students
We deeply appreciate the time you spent and the work you did to provide our Postcolonial Literature Seminar with the PowerPoint accompaniment to your stunning exhibit of The Map Is Not the Territory. After moving through it in class and allowing students to return to it on their own via Moodle, I asked my students to express to you their thanks in a short note, saying whatever struck them most. I have copied those into a single document here. I hope you can tell how much your efforts have meant to us.
With sincere gratitude,
Thank you so much for putting together this PowerPoint for my class. Seeing the art that has come out of these struggles truly helps to deepen my understanding of these conflicts. The Flying Lessons series by Hani Zurob particularly struck me, as did Free D by Rawan Arar and Palestine Dublin 2012. The solidarity and hope that these oppressed peoples have found among one another is so important for the world to witness. Thanks again for taking the time to put together the special presentation for my class – it was a unique experience, and I’m so glad I had the chance to see it.
Dear Jennifer Heath,
I thoroughly enjoyed your PowerPoint presentation on the exhibit, and I was able to make many connections to indigenous people in my homeland (Norway) as well as connections within postcolonial studies. There were a lot of aspects that interested me, but I especially wanted to highlight the art I liked the best. The picture of Palestinian support in Dublin shows clearly the importance of countries that are in, or have been in, a postcolonial situation to stand together. By standing together, they can unite in the quest for true freedom and independence. Thank you so much for creating this presentation and exhibit, and for sharing it with us!
The depth and intertwining relevancy of your work struck me throughout the PowerPoint, as your discourse spreads through culture and through time. One slide I particularly liked, was the one that featured your analysis of the role currency can play in different contexts. While I’ve been surrounded by various types of currency in my lifetime, I hadn’t fully considered the implications of currency’s connection with identity. I found the concept of currency operating as an aesthetic that celebrates cultural and political value within the milieu of spaces of social encounter and cultural complexity to be very stimulating. Thank you for making such a huge effort to help us as students connect with the material in the PowerPoint. I appreciated it very much and enjoyed the learning experience thoroughly.
Jennifer, thank you so much for the time you took to prepare your PowerPoint and share it with us. It was very helpful for me to go through it, especially after reading the three novels that cover the three communities your PowerPoint focuses. I really like the section about identity. From my experiences of reading the novels, I would definitely agree with you saying that despite all the sufferings they have gone
through, the Palestinians, Native Americans, and the Irish have never lost their identity. I think it is an important lesson for us as readers to note because identity is what defines us. The visuals were also very helpful in understanding these three cultures. Thank you again.
Thank you for creating the interactive The Map is Not the Territory presentation for use in our class. The individual piece that most struck me was Vivien Sansour’s Abu Nadal, particularly with understanding of its context in mind; the Nadal quote,”They consider my parents’ graves, my olives, and my old pine tree a problem,” was interesting for its juxtaposition of such simple, peaceful things as olives and a pine with the looming specter of military government and court disputes.
Thank you again,
Thank you for allowing our class to view your presentation. I never realized the ways in which Palestine, Ireland, and the Native Americans are connected. This presentation made me understand how the occupation of a place is more than an occupation of the land, but also an occupation of the people and the ways in which we identify ourselves goes deeper than the place where we live. Your work made me think about the different ways in which art can tell a story. Art has the ability to break down barriers, convey emotions, and tell a story without saying any words. Being able to see these works of art gives insight into the experiences of the people. Again, thank you for putting this all together and giving us the opportunity to learn from it.
I really enjoyed your presentation connecting the three postcolonial peoples we studied. Knowing that the Irish and the Palestinians had a kind of camaraderie was something entirely new to me, but it informed my reading of Mornings in Jenin. The Irish character in that book made so much sense knowing the historical background that your presentation provided. One of my favorite art pieces was Currency 1, 2, and 3 by Mick O’Kelly. I studied in Ireland last fall and learned a little bit of Irish. I love how it was incorporated on the 20 pound note, and how the 10 pound note incorporated bits of Dublin. Then only thing I was confused about was why they were pound notes instead of Euros. Perhaps the artist is trying to say something with that, but I’m not really getting it. Thank you so much for putting together this powerpoint. I really appreciated all your hard work and learned a lot from it. thank you -Michaila Gerlach