Graduate Library Trainee

Updates

It’s been a while since I last wrote and I thought I would upload a quick message about how everything is going. The last month has been incredibly busy, but in September I will hopefully have time to expand on some of the topics discussed below. Grad School: Most importantly, I’m almost finished with my [...]

Weekend in Paris

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection." I am reminded of Anaïs Nin's words whenever I write. It brings me great joy to travel, study and volunteer. By recounting these experiences on this blog I re-live these moments, and am left with consolidated memories that become more precious with time. I am particularly grateful [...]

Stratford-upon-Avon

When you think "British playwright," or even just "playwright" who first comes to mind? If we were to conduct a survey family-feud style, undoubtably "Shakesepeare" would be one of the most popular answers. And while there are many places commemorating his life and work, I would argue that none are more popular/known than Stratford-upon-Avon. A small(ish) [...]

Training Programme: Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation

  Beyond all work directly related to my thesis, I have been getting my feet wet in a number of other departmental projects. For instance, I recently volunteered at a week-long training program entitled "Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation." This program, put on by the ICCS (Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security), "focused on the role of mediation [...]

Weekend in Birmingham

This weekend was my first uninterrupted, plan-less one in Birmingham. It's always a bit alarming to have a free weekend in a new city, and it requires a great deal of independence and planning. However, I was determined to take advantage and not spend the whole time writing my dissertation and binging on (more) Terrace House. So I took [...]