Monday, March 6, 2017

Oana Tudorache

Hi Oana;

Great issue!  Are you making a documentary as well as creating a social media presence about the topic of hunger?  That's what I gathered as I read through the proposal, though you don't state that clearly.  The rationale for your activist piece is there, and so is your own personal voice, which is great.  What you need to make much clearer is what the activist piece will look like specifically.  How will you use both visuals and social media around this topic?  What will be the project for this class, specifically?  How do you envision it unfolding beyond the course, if that is what you're envisioning?
These kinds of details aren't clear in the proposal.  The idea is fantastic.  Think more about the concrete details, the step-by-step plan, and be prepared to discuss those details in the 5-minute pitch for next week!


Hi Oana;

Your list of references is very good.  I was hoping for more of a literature review, and not so much an annotated bibliography, which is what you gave me.  Nevertheless, the sources are good and you've done some great work writing up the abstracts.  Your job, for the final paper which will accompany your project, will be just to write it up more in essay style.  Great work.  I'll scan and email it to you.


  1. 1.

    McMillan, Tracie, and Photographs by Kitra Cahana, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Toensing. "The New Face of Hunger." National Geographic.

    Although this article provides statistics throughout the United States, there is a small chunk about New York City and the South of Bronx, which seems to be the main area struggling with hunger. This could lead me to do more research or even find more volunteer opportunities in the Bronx. It also includes brief descriptions, along with pictures of different families and their various circumstances.


    Dwyer, Jim. "At a Refuge for New York City's Hungry, Summer Brings Scarcity." The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 July 2016.

    This article is mostly helpful for background info regarding Hour Children Community Pantry. It also seems to have a brief history and overview of possible situations, such as Maria Rosa, a New Yorker whose hours were cut, making her unable to afford food as comfortably as before.

    3. Breland, J. Y., McAndrew, L. M., Gross, R. L., Leventhal, H., & Horowitz, C. R. (2013, October). Challenges to healthy eating for people with diabetes in a low-income, minority neighborhood. Diabetes Care, 36(10), 2895+.

    This article is helpful in understanding the hunger issue from a race perspective. The research covers interviews of black and Latino decent suffering with health issues triggered from the food they consume. This could have a lot of points to tie to the following article on poverty and further explain why the lower class is struggling with this issue more than anyone else.

    4. Goldberg, Rebecca L. (2013). No such thing as a free lunch: Paternalism, poverty, and food justice. Stanford Law & Policy Review, 24(1), 65.

    This article talks a lot about the food justice movement in regards to paternalism and poverty. It seems to have a great deal of connections between the poor and their way of living/eating and raising their newborns. This could be helpful in explaining how the government manipulates the system affecting the lower class.

    5. Hidden In Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC Debuts." Professional Services Close-Up 10 Nov. 2015. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

    This article seems to be the closest to my project. It includes information about an exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society, featuring photographs by Joey O’Loughlin and other photojournalists. Although the exhibition is no longer up, this article allows me to research the photojournalists & other projects they have worked on or similar to “Hidden in plain sight”. In addition, it also includes more information about Food Bank for New York City from which I found most of the soup kitchens I am planning to soon volunteer for.

  2. Nice citations. Have you started your project yet? I'm curious to find out what your experiences will be....

  3. Thank you! There are a lot more articles and research on this than I expected so I'm trying to not make my research too broad. I am putting a list together with different places I contacted & allow cameras. So far only one place does not allow me to take photos or record so I guess that won't work. But I have a few other places. I am planning to start volunteering this weekend. I've also noticed most soup kitchens are only during weekdays so I will need to work around my work schedule to attend those as well.


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