howdy humsters!

Welcome to my portfolio.

My name is McNeill Franklin and I am a first year at Davidson College. I am from Augusta, Georgia and am an intended history major and health and human values minor. The Humanities course has inspired me to do much more than just learn for a class, it has inspired me to learn for the sake of learning.

This is a space dedicated to my completed work and applied knowledge I’ve learned in the first year Humanities course at Davidson College. Through study trips, essays, discussions inside and outside the classroom, and campus events, this course has encouraged me to expand my mind on many out of the box and uncomfortable topics that have caused me to think about the world we live in.

During the time we have spent in class, we have read a wide variety of works from many different types of authors. Starting with “The Map of Knowledge,” debriefing Diderot’s “Natural Law,” diving into Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex,” and learning about the life and unknown legacy of Robert Franklin Williams, the class has touched on many different groups that deserve to have their voices heard. Second semester our course materials started to look a bit more eclectic, including Bill T. Jones’s Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Russian novel Sophia Petrovna, and a wide array of German films helping us understand the RAF and life in Soviet Germany. This has opened my eyes to all of the problems and people that are underrepresented all over the world. And to think, this is only two semesters. This class could go on for years and years and there would still be more to discuss.

While exploring this portfolio, I encourage you to think about more than just your life. Think about those who grew up in a different environment, socio-economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, religious background, etc. Humes is not just a class for the middle to upper class white population of Davidson College. Humes is for EVERYONE. I am only one identity of many, and each perception of these works is different, so take your time in trying to come up with many different solutions and possibilities to each issue addressed.

Before you dive into the content that has inspired me to create this portfolio, here are some of my thoughts and some information about myself that will help you see my vision and my ideas.

  1. I live my life in COLOR! 
  2. I love to hear about the personal thoughts and quirks that make up one’s personality- it helps me discover who they are and how their world works- which I find beyond fascinating.
  3. You can tell a lot about a person by what they wear, clothing matters.
  4. Identity is an abstract concept, one can never define who they truly are, which leads to the question, is anything perfectly defined?

Thank you to all of the professors who have taught and instructed me thus far, the infinite amount of authors we have read, and the discussions that have sparked a conversation,

… or one might say, a revolution.

The art featured on the cover page is “Strike A Match To Hear My Sound” by Cristina Toro, currently found at the Mint museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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