Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Duke, Speaks to First-Year Students

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited Duke University last night to talk to first-year students about ‘Americanah,’ Duke’s summer reading pick for 2014. It was a remarkable event, that notably began and ended in thunderous applause and a standing ovation for Ms. Adichie. Adichie was witty and sharp as she addressed issues of intersectionality in her novel, […]

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“Finding Community”

It was great fun to be interviewed for this podcast series on social media produced by the Thompson Writing Program Digital Writing & Pedagogy Lab. In “Finding Community,” I talk about the influential role of social media in shaping my feminist identity as both writer and activist.

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Senior Story for Duke Women’s Studies, Sylvia Plath Honors Thesis Abstract

For the Spring 2014 Women’s Studies Newsletter, I wrote a “senior story” about my experiences coming into my feminism and, in turn, becoming a Women’s Studies major. The newsletter also includes an abstract from my senior thesis on Sylvia Plath on Page 11 of the attached PDF, pictured to the left.  (However, the correct title […]

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Writing through the noise

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Writing through the noise I’ve been “writing” this last column in my head for weeks now. Little bits and pieces of incoherent thoughts pop up here and there, but the pieces are scattered and out […]

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Report on Visit to Sylvia Plath Archive at Smith College

In early January 2014, I spent two full days at the Sylvia Plath archives in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College doing research for my senior thesis. My senior thesis comprises a meta-analysis of the critical reception of Plath and her works as well as a textual analysis of the way in which […]

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“We’re so young”

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. “We’re so young” I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen counter two years ago on that afternoon in the last week of May. Sleep deprivation from a grueling finals week had thankfully given way to […]

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Trust a little more, try a little less

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Trust a little more, try a little less There were too many of us crowded around the table in that small little room. Chairs were crammed side-by-side, so close that there was barely any space […]

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Tweet, tweet

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Tweet, tweet I once tweeted at Twitter asking them for a job at their company. Jezebel had just written a post about the tech company’s “woman” problem (no women on the board), so I naturally […]

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A little pearl of wisdom

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. A little pearl of wisdom Around this time two years ago, I was huddled up on the stairs behind Friedl with tears running down my cheeks, shaking uncontrollably. I remember calling my dad at work […]

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Revise, rewrite

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Revise, rewrite I was sitting outside of a cafe in Los Angeles when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. Every step seemed so labored, and the wheels of his walker scuffed […]

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