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Mixedness

What a privilege it must be for people to be able to identify you, to place you correctly in the American mosaic with just...

Born Here, Freed Here

  "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia . . .  My life had its beginning in the midst of...

Home No More

I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the innovators—who were drinking their morning coffees...

Making Peace with Pepperoni: A Muslim-American Perspective

As Muslim-Americans, we need to play a more active role in defining our faith, or will continue to have others define it for us The...

Can a Heretic Be a Hero? The Muslim Breakthrough of...

Last week, capping off a successful awards season, Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight--the first...

When Things Go Wrong, Do Right: Options for Action

Thoughts in response to a friend asking, after grand catastrophe: “What can we do?” We ask each other in times of trouble: “What can we...

Trump’s Executive Order Attacks the America I Know and Love

In this moment, America is not mine. It cannot be—it is not like anything I have seen. I came here in 2007, one year before...

Kim Stafford: Two Poems on Trump’s Inauguration

Inauguration Day, 2017   The new patriot is a listener. The new citizen talks to strangers. The new continental congress convenes at bus stops, taverns and cafes, parking lots where...

Meeting President Obama: A Farewell to Representation

This article is being published in collaboration with the Kennedy School Review. One day last fall, at a small campus in the heart of New...

Sic Semper Tyrranis

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” -- Milan Kundera I. Invention One of the first documentations of African people in...

Stepping Back: Election Blues on Veterans Day

Over the long Veterans Day weekend, I’m hitting the final lap on the world’s most procrastinated thesis. I’m focusing on Virginia Woolf—specifically, on how...

The Promise of Magdoos: A Sliver of Hope in the Syrian...

This article is being published in collaboration with Harvard's Kennedy School Review. A Jordanian woman in the Northeastern city of Mafraq had been nagging her husband...