Brooks welcomed the crowd into the performance, smiling with them, laughing with them, even singing along to his instrument. The music was a perfect blend of familiarity yet inventiveness, nostalgia yet passion — it made you want to cry and dance at the same time.
While the constant shaping and reshaping of our world by the internet and technology can be a very beautiful thing, there are also some dangers that lie within it. Remaining overly aware of every act you take on the internet, of your own privilege and of your art that the internet influences is immensely important.
The playwriting in “Hamilton” is a work of genius. Every lyric is crafted with care; every rhyme has a significance beyond the text. Lin Manuel-Miranda blends American history and rap history in such an imaginative and innovative way that it has revolutionized Broadway.
Educator, author and activist Mabel O. Wilson visited the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning this past Friday to give a lecture entitled “Memory/Race/Nation: The Politics of Modern Memorials” as the University of Michigan’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium guest lecturer this year. Wilson currently teaches architectural history and theory at Columbia University and performs research as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies.