The Making of a Scholar-Activist

 

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Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

When I enrolled at Davidson College in September 1963, civil rights marches were being held in Charlotte, North Carolina, against segregation. Continue Reading ›

Desert Island Books

Richard Grace

Richard Grace

Imagine yourself stranded on a desert island, when a chest floats ashore. You are hoping that it has some books to keep you company until the rescuers find you. Which books would you want to find in that box?

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Beefing up on culture: from weightlifting to Winston Churchill

John D. Fair

John D. Fair

As a teenager (a 129 pound weakling) I found a passion for weightlifting. Since “beefing up” in college I’ve been a competitive weightlifter and powerlifter for over fifty years. Continue Reading ›

Obsession and olfaction: scent and the seduction of books

Jonathan Reinarz

Jonathan Reinarz

I have an unusually short attention span. This is not a good thing, especially for anyone contemplating a PhD, Continue Reading ›

Books for freedom fighters

Vincent Intondi

Vincent Intondi

Like most students, growing up I dreaded history. I thought it was boring. I had no interest in memorizing dates for a standardized test. I was tired of learning the same narrative–that is until I discovered A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Continue Reading ›