Ortadoğu Kadınlardaki Statüsü: Gözlemler ve Engeller

I was given the opportunity to speak at a symposium organized by the International Relations Department Student Organization at my host university two weeks ago. Though very excited for the chance to talk about women's status, I was more than a little intimidated at the prospect of doing so in Turkish. I wrote an original … Continue reading Ortadoğu Kadınlardaki Statüsü: Gözlemler ve Engeller

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Şükran Gününüz Kutlu Olsun! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

This post sends my sincerest Thanksgiving greetings to my friends and family, wherever they may be. This year marks my first ever Thanksgiving away from my traditional Waggoner family Thanksgiving/ reunion in Wood County, OH. İ took the opportunity this week to teach my classes about the history and traditions of the holiday, which was … Continue reading Şükran Gününüz Kutlu Olsun! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Changes Afoot in 2013

This was originally published by The Kenyon Observer on January 14, 2013. Today marks the beginning of a new (and my last) semester at Kenyon.  People are back from winter break, or from semesters spent off campus ready to enter again into the daily grind. After every break, I find comfort in returning back to a … Continue reading Changes Afoot in 2013

Lessons From Steubenville

This piece was originally published on the Kenyon Observer blog, describing the importance of comprehensive sexual assault education and bystander intervention.  Trigger Warning: The following includes descriptions and links to content that may serve as a trigger for victims of sexual violence. For four consecutive years I’ve attended the training session necessary to host parties on this … Continue reading Lessons From Steubenville

“Islam’s Diverse Paths” at Kenyon College

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Office of Public Affairs at Kenyon College about our slew of exciting events this spring related to the Islamicate world. It has been incredibly gratifying to watch the program grow and shift along with student interest. One of the unique advantages of the liberal arts experience, … Continue reading “Islam’s Diverse Paths” at Kenyon College

The Third Jihad and the NYPD

My latest blog post for the Yalla Change campaign, called, "The Third Jihad: Dangerous NYPD Training Materials on American Muslims" can also be read here.“This is not a film about Islam. This is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.” So begins The Third Jihad: … Continue reading The Third Jihad and the NYPD

From the Bottom Up

"University of Michigan students walked out of a speech by an IDF soldier in a potent silent protest Wednesday. No news coverage: how many more unheralded actions unfold daily?" -Abby Zimet When I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Saree Makdisi a few weeks ago, we discussed the need for grassroots efforts to actually bring … Continue reading From the Bottom Up

The Perfect College

I happen to believe in a "best fit" college scenario-- there is a school that is right for YOU. Still, reality calls and for the hundreds of prospective college students I have or will encounter(ed) it certainly is a daunting time and task. Many of my friends at college discuss tutors and the cost of … Continue reading The Perfect College