Category: culture

Samay Xarit – Making New Friends in Dakar

Ngone is the Senegalese name yaay gave to me yesterday morning. She added my phone number to her mobile so we can reach each other if I need something.Yesterday, I spent a great deal of time at the Baobab Center becoming acquainted with the staff and meeting several students from different study abroad programs. There are several women here from Lawrence University in Appleton, … Read More Samay Xarit – Making New Friends in Dakar

Ngone laa tudd – My name is Ngone

Yaay gave me the name “Ngone,” which she says means ‘kindness’ in Wolof. Each person who stays with her family as a homestay receives a Senegalese name from her, and she adds them into her phone. I am now a contact in yaay’s mobile as “Amerig Ngone” – the American Ngone. Today, I went to L’ile Ngor with Emily, Sierra, Jessica, and Avey. Emily … Read More Ngone laa tudd – My name is Ngone

Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

I made it to Dakar, and today I am at the Baobab Center acclimating to my new environment. Even though I have been in Dakar before, yesterday was full of its own adventures. (I need to point out that I cannot use the special character necessary for some Wolof words I will be using this summer. Some of my translations will be approximations to … Read More Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

Waving Through a Window

While flying out of Kansas City, the song “Waving Through a Window” from the musical, Dear Evan Hansen played on my Spotify (link to a live performance here). That song was so fitting for the moment, because I was looking out the window of the plane, thinking of what will come from this next adventure of mine. It’s my third trip to the African … Read More Waving Through a Window

Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Since coming back to Lawrence, I have had several opportunities to discuss my work with the people on KU’s campus. The director of the Project on the History of Black Writing asked me to write a guest post about my research for Women’s History Month. The blog is a great resource, and I am so lucky to be part of this amazing project! Once … Read More Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Let’s Chat about the Food – What I Ordered

And by that I mean here are a LOT of pictures of the food I’ve ordered, made, and eaten during my time in Germany. There is SO MUCH DELICIOUSNESS to go around – it’s one of the reasons I love being here. First meal in Berlin was at Ferdinand 34 in my new neighborhood (the website is only in German). Of course, I ordered schnitzel and … Read More Let’s Chat about the Food – What I Ordered