Power of Books


Amy Speier

As an only child, I spent many hours with my head buried in a book. Growing up, my mother and I moved around often, landing in Chandler, Arizona, when I was 8. I sought the companionship of other adolescent, pre-teen characters written by Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was a shy girl who proudly claimed a blue, ten-speed bike in front of my elementary school in 3rd grade after earning second place in a state-wide Read-a-thon. I remained the odd new girl throughout my elementary school years, like Margaret in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Continue Reading ›

Difficult, dark and uncomfortable:  writing about terrible truths


Melissa Graboyes

Claire Wendland’s ethnography, A Heart for the Work: Journeys through an African Medical School, was a very tough book for me to read. I picked it up at a difficult moment in my own journey to producing a book. I was a few years past my dissertation, and there were still a few more years of hard labor left to do before my book would be complete. Continue Reading ›

Books for Explorers: engaging the imaginary

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Wendy Wilson-Fall

The thing that really expresses my relationship to reading is the problem of imagining and creating a world. I mean, a world I would like to live in, a world that I can understand and see connected to other worlds.

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The Complex Truths of Oil Politics

Omolade Adunbi

Omolade Adunbi

When I started graduate school at Yale in the early 2000s, Nigeria, my home country, had just transitioned from many years of military dictatorship to a democracy. Continue Reading ›