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The White Mosque

Sofia Samatar (James Madison University)

More than a hundred years ago, a small group of Russian Mennonites went looking for Christ in Central Asia. They didn’t find him, but they did find a home among Muslims in Uzbekistan. Sofia Samatar tells their history alongside her own story of growing up the daughter of a Somali Muslim and an American Mennonite.

21 mins


Christopher Phillips (Christopher Newport University)

Before a new baby comes, expectant moms and dads often read books about parenting their child. But after becoming a dad later in life, Christopher Phillips realized that parenting is more about the raising of the parent. Turns out, there’s a word for that: childing.

7 mins

The Glass Ceiling in the Ivory Tower

Diane Hodge (Radford University)

The glass ceiling in the ivory tower is real and frustrating to women’s aspirations. Diane Hodge says women are now entering academia in equal numbers to their male counterparts, but fewer women are achieving tenure. Hodge thinks that barriers to female academics moving up in institutions of higher learning are still entrenched.

24 mins

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