If you want to be a doctor, then read this

Unsolicited advice is similar to finding Space Jam on TV: you’ll never actually seek it out, but when it accidentally butts its way into your life, it can certainly make a difference.

On being alone

When was the last time you were alone? Really, truly alone, without a familiar face to turn to, no one who could attest to the kind of person you are?


On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, I woke up to several text messages, missed calls, and emails in response to the noose that was hung from a tree on my college campus.

Today’s social justice movement: leading urban education reform from the ground up

I stumbled into an Atlanta, Georgia high school classroom almost three years ago as a geometry teacher.

When you didn't say no, but you also didn't say yes

It was the last week of school when I briefly considered flinging my body over the balcony of my third floor apartment.

On forgiveness

Dear Becky,

A defense of civic engagement and awareness

I thank my parents very, very often for giving me the opportunity to be born on United States soil—to be a citizen in a country that appreciates my voice and position as a member of the community...

We remember the Armenian Genocide

“One day the gendarmes [Ottoman military police] came, and chased us out of our house.

Dermatology is not just aesthetics

Having volunteered in many skin cancer screening support events, I have seen the problems that patients with skin cancer have.

On Title IX compliance

I am Duke’s new Director of Title IX Compliance and I would like to introduce myself and share a bit about what Duke is doing in this area.

The paradox of reporting rates

If a dramatic decrease in reporting rates of sexual assault on college campuses was to occur within the next year, we would not be applauding – but before you tune us out as entirely insensitive,...

The truth about the Duke bubble

Here I am at Duke, human, quite simply trying to find the balance of caring about what’s in front of me and what’s going on far away, but still close at heart.

Feeling Muslim

Before college, I never felt Muslim.

Rejection denied

Universities can and must divest from fossil fuel companies on the basis that the industry threatens our climate and future on this planet.

Feeling unsafe and alone in Me Too

The first time I attended Me Too Monologues in January of my freshmen year, I remember bawling as “Please Don’t Touch Me” was performed on stage.

Islam has a long-standing place in American society

In the U.S.—where Islam is the third-largest religion and where, by 2030, almost two out of 100 Americans are projected to be Muslims —a growing controversy exists as to whether Islam and American...

Miro’s primitives

Miro: The Experience of Seeing” has been a major exhibit for the Nasher Museum of Art.

Administration & civic engagement—mystery or mysterium?

“Why do you need anybody to help you set up this office? You’ve got that picture of Gandhi—he worked with nothing!”

The secular question at Duke

The recent events regarding the Adhan on the Chapel Tower brought international focus to Duke University and sparked debates about tolerance, Islamophobia and the nature of donors to private...

Back diplomacy with pressure

As the Iranian nuclear talks continue, diplomatic success—and peace—hinge on increased pressure and Congressional oversight.

So take me back to Constantinople

Around the world, five times a day, muezzins ascend the minarets of their mosques, clear their throats and begin to chant “Allāhu akbar,” beginning the adhān that invites almost 1.8 billion Muslims...

Deconstructing the national fear of Duke’s Adhan

I am an Israeli Jew

The political correctness at the root of disordered university thinking

Sketching charlie

Shock, disbelief, then sadness.

Justice for Ferguson

On August 25, I left St. Louis to depart for my semester abroad in Italy.