Terrible Things in Beautiful Places: A Study Abroad Story

When I visit places with dark histories, I’m always surprised by how beautiful they are — I expect their past to leave a visible stain on the space, but even people who do terrible things want to do them in beautiful places. The slave castle at Elmina is massive, and so white it’s almost blinding […]

A New Way of Telling Time: A Study Abroad Story

As I was preparing to leave for Accra, I was fending off distressing questions from all sides. Are you going to live in a hut? Will you be able to receive mail? Do they speak English or just their tribal language? As a good student of critical race theory and postcolonialism, I deftly deflected these […]