What SHE Said
What She Said: Language and Cultural Barriers in the Ivory Tower
Academia has an independent class system in which its vernacular often
becomes an alienating factor to those who come within its scope. What,
then, happens to the nature of inclusivity and diversity in academia? Due to the surge of college students from a variety backgrounds, there is an interest recruiting faculty members that reflect the needs of those communities. However, there is a disconnect between the Ivory Tower and everyone else.. isn¹t there? Can you truly reach students and faculty recruits and while simultaneously ostracizing them? I will perform a key note lecture using academic jargon outside of its intended context while wearing academic robes constructed from appropriated materials (including repurposed regalia). Through this strategy I target the assumption that all academics are thoroughly groomed for academic culture. In my performance art piece “What She Said” I will use the lecture as a vehicle to examine the isolation that many first generation students and faculty members face upon entering academic life.