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Class of 2010 Fellows Cohort 19:


Terah EdunTerah Edun '10 is a Political Science Major with a minor in International Studies. Her mentors are Sooyong Kim and Kalala Ngalamulume. Terah is interested in the study of Arab-African relations. in North Africa. She is studying the historical roots of African slavery in Arab civilizations and how this background affects the ‘politics of naming’ prevalent in the region. From the beginning of summer 2008 until the end of fall 2008 she lived for seven months in Morocco to pursue classical Arabic and North African studies. During that time she also interned with the America-Middle East Educational Training Services, a non-profit organization in the capital city of Rabat that works to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.


Nicole Gervasio Nicole Gervasio '10 is a double major in English and Growth and Structure of Cities with a concentration in creative writing. Her mentor is Kate Thomas.  For her project, she analyzes queer characters in African literature, particularly paying attention to whether marginalization and oppression can serve as sites for social transformation.  In other words, how do the margins of society parallel or intersect with those of the literary page?  She hopes to re-envision characters in non-Western literatures as survivors rather than victims of injustice.  Her project will culminate in an English thesis that reconsiders the boundaries of national, racial, (post)colonial and sexual identity in Dambudzo Marechera's "Black Sunlight."

Augusta IreleAugusta Irele '10
Major: French and Francophone Studies
Minor: Africana Studies
Mentor: Pim Higginson
Project Description: My project is an observation of the Francophone African immigrant in Paris. My project approaches the subject through two sectors. The first is the literary aspect. I am reading the literature that these immigrants are producing and noting and observing the manners through which they describe and portray their experiences. The second part of my project is a comparison of the literature with the realities of immigrant life in Paris. I am doing this through interviews with different people in all different communities in Paris to see if their realities are actually true
to the portrayals in the literature.

Lilian Mengesha Lilian Mengesha '10 Lilian Mengesha is an English Major and a Political Science minor. Her mentor is Michael Tratner. Her Mellon research is focused on the relationship between marginalized communities and cultural performance. Particularly, she is investigating the practices and strategies in which artists' manipulate  space, perform their identities and create art as a response to an ever present history of cultural and racial violence.   This past summer and semester, she conducted interviews with local township theater initiatives in Cape Town, South Africa. In the upcoming years, she hopes to work with and learn from scholars and performers, such as Coco Fusco and Homi Bhabha, who have influenced much of her research.