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My dining table/dissertation war room Blog

ABD. All But Dissertation. It’s the unofficial milestone all PhD students reach upon completing comprehensive exams and other program requirements needed to progress to PhD candidate status. I remember telling a friend who was unfamiliar with the structure of North American PhD programs what ABD meant. I had a good idea of the contours of what my dissertation topic would be and conducted preliminary research...

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Homesickness Blog

I was always one of those passionate Somali youngsters. I’d never claim to be British, because for me a British person was overly competitive sore loser with passive-aggressive tendencies and an aversion to telling the truth. My Somali nature would brazenly opt for honesty over forced politeness. And well, being a Black refugee child taught me I had little room to be smug; which was the...

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A Brief Encounter with Asli Jaamac Muse Blog

serendipitously, Ayeeyo Asli//my grandmother came to america a couple of days before 9/11. she was bedazzazled with gold jewelry that had emerald stones and wore a thick african tunic dress that bore a heavy scent of ‘uud//incense. her blue eyes were -/weary/- the long flight, – /animated/- the reunion with her daughter after so long and -/haunted/- the civil war does things to you. she...

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RIS2016, BLM, and White Supremacy Blog

I have a few thoughts on a recent Reviving the Islamic Spirit 2016 (RIS2016) controversy that might be clarifying, or at least add to the intelligent discourse on the subject. First, let me start off by self-declaring as an African-Canadian Muslim, slightly removed from the direct reality of life as a black person in America, although inexorably drawn in due to the pull the United...

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#AskMaandeeq: Things We Wish We Knew in University Blog

Following our podcast this month on Somali experiences in higher education, we decided to ask some of our contributors a question that figured prominently in the discussion: What do you wish you knew in university? Here are some of the responses. *** My advice to young Somalis is: be yourself. There’s an assumption that you have to be polished and refined when you enter college/uni....

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A Conversation with Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif Blog / Featured

Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif are two emerging Minnesota-based photographers. After attending their exhibits “Behind Both Fences” (Muna Ahmed) and “Jaded Youth” (Khadija Charif) on view at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis this past April, we spoke more about their work. Safia Aidid: In “Jaded Youth” and “Behind Both Fences,” you both mediate on the tensions and contradictions of the Somali American...

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