Read “From Turin to Toronto” in The Usonian

This week in The Usonian, I wrote about my recent presentations in Turin and Toronto—on Doxiadis Associates’ historic city planning activities in Nigeria, and the ghost city of Varosha in Cyprus, respectively.

It was such a privilege to discuss my work in these incredible places. I am grateful for the support of AISU and the MGSA in supporting my travel.

Read the newsletter here.

Upcoming lecture at CVAR: “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol”

As my last big initiative in Cyprus this year, I’ll be giving a presentation on some of my Fulbright research at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 16 in the CVAR museum in the old city of Nicosia.

The lecture is titled, “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol,” and consists of a narrative collage about the Cypriot city which has rapidly transformed from a sleepy seaside village into the “Dubai of the Mediterranean.” The lecture is co-organized by the CVAR, the Cyprus Institute, and held with the support of the Active Citizens Fund. If you’re in Cyprus, I hope to see you there! 

Learn more about the event, including RSVP information, here.

Read “Teaching in the Buffer Zone” in The Cyprus Files

Last week, it was an honor and a joy to co-teach a writing workshop with my Fulbright colleague Janan Alexandra at the Home for Cooperation in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Our workshop, “A True and Beautiful Story: Crafting the Lyric Biography” was organized around the concept of “lyric biography.” This genre allows for an exploration of a person’s life deeper than a conventional recounting of journalistic facts. How can we drive at a deeper truth and understanding through interviews that strike at a poetic understanding of a person’s essence?

Learn more about our initiative in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Cyprus Files. As always, thanks for reading!

Read “Michael P. Branch on his new book, ‘On the Trail of the Jackalope'” in The Usonian

This week in The Usonian, I’m excited to present a fascinating interview with the always eloquent Michael P. Branch on his new humor-filled travelogue, “On the Trail of the Jackalope”—featuring an astounding medical mystery regarding real-life horned rabbits in nature—and how their discovery led to the HPV vaccine.

Read the interview here. Thanks for reading!