Month: May 2016

2016 Graduate Student Commencement Address: Purpose, Possibility and Love

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

On Monday, May 23, 2016 I was honored to deliver the 2016 Graduate Student Address at Lehigh’s 148th Commencement Ceremony. The subject of my talk was Purpose, Possibility, and Love. As I thought about what message I wanted to share with my fellow graduates and our families, I wondered about the other black women who walked this path before me. With the help of Professors Jenna Lay and Betsy Fifer, I was able to piece […]

What Nourishes Us?: Summer Reading 2016

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Teaching

“Reading to me was fundamental, as fundamental as food.”  –Bich Minh Nyugen, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner As in the past two years, Lehigh’s Summer Reading Program for the Class of 2020 is centered around a theme; for 2016, it’s Food: What Nourishes Us? The books that have been chosen–Mark Schatzker’s The Dorito Effect, and Bich Minh Nguyen’s Stealing Buddha’s Dinner—juxtapose two very different approaches to junk food, nutrition, nourishment, culture and food identity. The books also serve as a gateway for broader theme-related conversations […]

Reflections on a Year of Connected Academics

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When I applied to the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar early last summer, I knew I wanted to explore alt/non-academic career options, but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. So in my application, I focused on three ideas: my “commitment to connectivity” and public discourse about the humanities; my valuation of the project of translation; and my desire to increase my professional self-knowledge. I tried to show how I had a longstanding research and teaching […]

Getting In and Fitting In: First-Generation Students in Graduate School

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As a college education becomes more financially feasible and socially expected for a greater portion of the population, historically disadvantaged students and those from working class families are entering colleges and universities at a higher rate than prior decades. Though school officials offer varying definitions of what it means to be a first-generation student, many agree that first-generation students tend to feel unprepared and under-supported for the many challenges that college entails. As such, universities, […]

What’s Happening?: May 2016

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Lehigh Culture & Community

We have one more week of classes this May, with four exciting events still to come before we wrap up the year. TODAY, Monday, May 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm stop by the Global Commons (Williams Hall) to pick up a copy of this year’s Lehigh Review and celebrate with the undergraduate artists, authors, and editors who put it together–as well as with our own Laura Kremmel and Kyle Brett, who acted as advisors and guides.