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Amardeep Singh
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The America I Fear
The America I Fear (a poem in progress) In the America I fear, a woman seeking shelter from partner violence is shackled by the state, detained for expedited removal. In the America I fear, a mom is pulled from her car, even though she was not the one they ...

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Historical Footnote: Militant Suffragettes, Forced Feeding, and Class Identity
A brief historical footnote completely unrelated to President Agent Orange. I've been working with an honors student on her senior thesis this spring. She's interested in the militant suffrage movement in England (1909-1914 roughly); we've been reading memo...

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An Open Letter to Steve Bannon, from a Hyphenated American
Dear Steve Bannon and Friends,  I'm probably wasting my time writing to you. You know that old internet saying, "Don't Feed the Trolls" ? Well for the past couple of years I have mostly thought of you and Donald Trump as trolls, more interested in scoring p...

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A Brief History and Defense of American Hospitality to Refugees
One of the leaked draft executive actions that has been circulating this week from the White House includes an order that would freeze the entire U.S. refugee program for several months , while ending the Syrian refugee program indefinitely. Long-term, Pres...

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Dear Mr. Trump... (thoughts on Inauguration Day)
Dear Mr. Trump, First, congratulations. You won. You get to be President. The Oval Office, the nuclear codes, all of it. No one today can make fun of you as only a reality television star or only a con-man or only the son and heir of a successful real estat...

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Teaching Notes: Multi-Modal Assignment (Spring 2015)
I'm posting the text of a multimodal assignment I used in an English 2 class last year.  This was a second-semester first-year writing class, with an overarching theme of "immigration." We had read some literature related to the American immigrant experienc...

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Daydreaming the Trump Presidency. Daydream #3: the Muslim Ban
This is part of a series. See earlier Daydreams here and here . In the first few weeks of the Trump Presidency, the proposal he had mentioned many times during the campaign, to ban all Muslims from entering the country, is effectively stalled.  He repeats t...

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Daydreaming the Trump Presidency. Daydream #2: Nullification of a "Chaos" President
[Yes, this is very much a best-case daydream scenario...]  After a few chaotic weeks in the spring of 2017, the generals who are managing the new President's foreign policy start to blow him off. Not in so many words, of course. In public and on television,...

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Daydreaming the Donald Trump Presidency. Daydream #1: The Repeal
I'm going to try a new series of short posts -- daydreams -- imagining events in Donald Trump's upcoming Presidency. Some will be highly plausible, others will be a bit counterfactual and dream-like.  Daydream #1: The Repeal They will repeal Obamacare even ...

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Spring 2017 Teaching. "Writing Empire: Race, Gender, and Power in British India"
I'm teaching a graduate course in spring 2017 called "Writing Empire: Race, Gender, and Power in British India."  In addition to regular primary and secondary readings for the course, I'll encourage students to seek out an archival project on a thematic top...
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