Reproductive Rights

Amnesty International’s Stance on Reproductive Rights


Who’s Amnesty International?

“We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.” (Amnesty International 2016).

Who’s the Face of the Movement?

Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center For Reproductive Rights

What role does intersectionality play?





The Crucible

The Crucible by Arthur Miller


This page will hold countless resources that we will reference as we discuss Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, The Crucible.

Handouts/ Resources:


Background Information

Take notes in your journals as we discuss the following articles.

Which text showed a more comprehensive view of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts? Explain your answer with evidence from both texts (i.e.- the article & the video).

  • Vocabulary of Note:
    • overture=
      • Classical music= overture is played before the beginning of musical or opera. It introduces the musical themes. “Opening”
      • More general meaning= the first part or beginning of something
  • Take-aways:
    • The overture or exposition includes information we don’t get at the beginning of the play:
      • setting
      • historical context
      • playwright’s perspective on his subject
    • Miller provides historical background in the overture that compares Salem to two other, earlier colonies. Which ones?
    • What inferences can you make about Parris based on the stage directions?
    • Direct characterization vs. Indirect characterization
      • Direct= specific details about a character are stated directly
        • i.e.- stage directions
      • Indirect= readers have to infer what a character is like based on clues in the text.
        • i.e.- characters’ dialogue
        • i.e.- characters’ actions
  • Consider the following as we read:
    • How are the themes of the play relevant to contemporary American audiences?
    • How and why might the play appeal to readers and theater-goers on a global scale?


Act One:

Who is Erasmus?

Were you confused by Miller’s allusion to Erasmus (34). Check out this riveting discussion of Desiderius Erasmus’ life and works.


Harkness Discussion Act One (September 2, 2016)