Bryan Stevenson is the self-effacing author of this terrific book about the legal war he has waged against cruel, unjust sentencing practices in this country for over three decades now. His history of founding and working for the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is told through real case histories of real people who were subjected to degradation and inhumane treatment that will shock you, anger you, and bring you to tears.
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
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OnFeature Students are Abiana Adamson, C’18 and Ansley Carlisle, C’18. They are both second year Honors students, who have started Spelman’s first interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal.
Abiana A. is an Economics major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After Spelman, she plans to pursue a medical degree and a master’s in public policy with aspirations to reform America’s healthcare system. Ansley C. is a chemistry dual degree engineering major from Dallas, TX who plans to use her chemical engineering degree to provide consulting expertise for biotechnology firms.
Chonise Bass, the features team leader at Continuum, conducted this interview.
Q. Bass: Why did you all choose Spelman?
AA: I needed to go to a school that was built for me in mind; a school where I’d see my history and experience reflected back to me and Spelman was exactly that place.
AC: Frankly, I choose Spelman because I wanted to be part of a large community of intelligent and driven black women.
Q. Bass: Is there anything in particular that you like about the Honors experience?
AC: I really like two things: I like the camaraderie between students that are very academically driven and I like the speakers that the program introduces us to.
Q. Bass: Give a brief description about the Research Journal.
AA: Continuum is an online interdisciplinary academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research articles and feature articles about women of African descent. We accept submissions of original research articles and other papers from any student at an undergraduate institution. Our deadline for consideration in the first edition is February 20th.
Q. Bass: What gave you the inspiration to pursue such a project?
AC: What really gave us the inspiration was we were looking lists of scholars and what they did. And we found that a lot of them were editors of research journals, and we thought about how we didn’t have a research journal on campus. We just think that it’s important that our peers have a place that they can read and publish their own research and know that research is important to all of us. It isn’t just a higher-level concept that is restricted to Ivy Leagues or even STEMS majors. Anyone can do research.
Q. Bass: Is there anything that the Honors Community could do to offer support?
AC: I would say that the honors community could offer ideas for how to help get us off our feet and make us a larger presence on campus. Definitely spread the word to your friends both at Spelman and other college or university campuses.
AA: Honors community members who want to get involved should contact email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who is interested in research, its intersection in our daily lives, or writing in general can participate as members or contributors. Look out for the first edition of the journal in April 2016.