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!

Read “The End of Moria?” in The Nassau Weekly

Many thanks to The Nassau Weekly for publishing a follow-up essay to a piece I wrote on the refugee crisis in Greece four years ago, a crisis which has recently entered an even more precarious phase given the Coronavirus. Thanks also to the Nass for inviting me to speak at their virtual open mic earlier this month. Read the new piece, “The End of Moria? Looking back on migration-crisis reporting in Greece as a college student,” here.

Please consider donating to The Nassau Weekly at http://nassauweekly.com/donate/ to keep this important Princeton campus publication afloat in these uncertain times.

Read “Westward Denim” in Nevada Humanities

During this COVID summer, I drove across the country from Maryland to Nevada with my parents and one of my brothers. In the process, we drove by our ancestor’s hometown in Kansas, sparking a reflection about what it might mean to make westward “progress” across the American continent during a pandemic.

Read “Westward Denim: Retracing a complicated journey westward during the COVID-19 pandemic” here.

Special thanks to Nevada Humanities for featuring this piece in their “Heart to Heart” series of essays. “Heart to Heart” explores the many ways diverse Nevadans are reflecting on living through the pandemic.