We’ve made it to the end of the semester and I genuinely don’t know what to do with myself. This entire class has been a great experience that I will always remember, even with its ups and downs. The entire class led up to the presentations at the end of the school year, and now that it’s over I have to admit that I’m going to miss the anticipation and nervousness of explaining my research do a group of well-distinguished academics.
My presentation the Balbo Monument went better than I thought it would. Because I was so close to the end of the program, I was able to get more comfortable with the crowd and presenting my research findings. I kept trying to rewrite my opening and conclusion while everyone else presented, but when the time came I realized that only I knew the information on the monument and why I think the removal is important. While I did forget to mention the movements to rename Balbo Avenue due to some general jittery-ness, (drinking 3 cups of coffee before presenting wasn’t the best choice, but it was the one I made) I was able to get through my piece without any major interruptions. I was finally able to give the audience an argument, an issue I had been struggling with since the beginning. Along with supporting evidence to uphold the idea that fascism, racism, and Nazism all exist and monuments dedicated to those who were related to these issues are not educating the public, but instead glorifying the atrocities committed by those they represent.
Now that the semester has come to a close, I have to admit that I will miss the class even though I didn’t want to write the blog posts at times or I didn’t want to read for the week, but instead I’ve come away with a sense of gratification and further knowledge of history. I’ve found specific events that will continue to interest me for the rest of my life and I look forward to finding more throughout my educational journey.