It has been a decade since "Matched" (2010), a celebrated young adult (YA) novel written by Ally Condie, was published. When it first hit the presses, Condie and others had a feeling that it would be successful, but no one could have predicted the prophetic nature of this particular piece of dystopian fiction.
“Don’t Ask me Where I’m From” deals with a variety of important subjects like code-switching, racism in education and the Metropolitian Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a long-standing program to aid in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools that has been both praised and criticized. Given these pertinent conversations, De Leon’s novel becomes both a work that young adults can love and learn from, but that adults and educators can read and learn from as well.
To be more deliberate with my time and help diversify my literary world, I committed to only reading authors of color during my quarantine time and throughout 2020. I first read April Sinclair’s “Coffee Will Make You Black” (1994) and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” (1965). Two very different books, but both so important to […]
The Chevalier Theater in Medford welcomed National Book Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Oct. 18 to speak about his latest work “The Water Dancer” (2019), a fictional work following protagonist Hiram as he recounts his escape from slavery. He and other characters in the novel, like Harriet Tubman, have magical powers which help them escape. […]
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy graduate David Grann (F’92) visited Tufts University on Monday to speak about his renowned book “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” (2017). The nonfiction work details the systematic murders of the members of the Osage Nation for their money in the […]
Authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey gathered at the First Parish Church in Cambridge on Monday to discuss their recently published book, “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement” (2019). This book surrounds the work that both Twohey and Kantor did as New York Times investigative reporters to break the Harvey Weinstein […]
Rainbow Rowell’s latest novel “Wayward Son” (2019), the sequel to “Carry On” (2015), released Sept. 24, follows characters Simon Snow and Tyrannus “Baz” Basilton Grimm-Pitch as they road trip across the U.S. to save their friend Agatha from a pack of power-hungry vampires. Both of these novels take place in a magical world created by […]
If you have walked around the Residential Quad at Tufts University anytime in the last three weeks, chances are the storage trailer outside of Houston Hall has caught your attention. Perhaps you have seen the zoomed-in Instagram stories or the memes circulating Facebook. Maybe you have even heard students joking about the trailer in Carmichael […]
From Thursday, March 7, to Saturday, March 9, one can find Tufts University’s Pen, Paint & Pretzels’ (3Ps’) major show playing in Balch Arena Theater. This show, titled “Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” revolves around two things most would consider unassociated: “The Simpsons” (1989–) and the apocalypse. In the three acts of this show, the characters […]
Tufts alumnus Geoff Edgers (LA ’92) came to Varis Lecture Hall this Wednesday to discuss his new book, “Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith and the Song that Changed American Music Forever” (2019). He also came to speak to students and professors about how he landed his current position at The Washington Post as a national arts […]