Wednesday, October 23, 2019
In April 2010, Brazilian-born Swedish-American Julie Lindahl visited the German Federal Archives only to discover that her grandfather was in the SS and stationed in occupied Poland for the duration of WWII, leaving West Germany for Brazil in 1960 as a new wave of war crimes trials commenced. Lindahl relates her transformational journey through Germany, Poland, Brazil, and Paraguay in which she grapples with the questions of how and why her grandparents made their choices, and the consequences across generations.
Julie Lindahl is an American-Swedish author and educator living in Sweden. She writes and speaks widely about her experiences, is a contributor to WBUR Cognoscenti and has been featured on National Public Radio several times. Julie holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt, Germany.
Raised in ten countries on three continents, she is the founder of Stories for Society, a non-profit organization for renewing the art of storytelling for social transformation, which in 2018 launched “Voices Between: Stories Against Extremism,” an award-winning initiative aimed at creating a force for peace by building a global network of established authors demonstrating and discussing the impact of intolerance, extremism and war through their stories. In 2019 NPR’s Snap Judgment released “Quiet is Best,” a program about her relationship with her grandmother. In 2018 The American Embassy in Sweden provided a grant for the launch of her online learning program for schools and universities in tandem with the publication of “The Pendulum,” which has been critically acclaimed in the U.S. and a best-seller in Sweden.
Ms. Lindahl’s Athenaeum presentation is sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.
Photo credit: Kajsa Göransson
The 2019-20 Appel Fellows, recipients of summer funding to engage in independent writing projects, read some of their work—journal entries, zines, short stories, documentaries, podcasts, and travel narratives to —and reflect on their experiences.
Funded by Joel Appel ‘87, the Appel Fellowship provides first-year students with funding to engage in independent writing projects including:
Axel Ahdritz (’22): A song album and journal inspired by the refugee population in Jordan and Germany.
T.J. Askew (’22): A series of essays inspired by travels along the Pacific Crest Trail to Fairbanks Alaska and based upon the experiences of Chris McCandless.
Raj Bhutoria (’22): Articles that examine the intersection of family history and national identity in India.
Alex Futterman (’22): Essays based on interviews held with extreme athletes in Chile, Peru, and New Zealand.
Maria Gutierrez-Vera (’22): Vignettes - inspired by the work of Sandra Cisneros - that capture the experiences of the author’s grandmother.
Madelyn Kwun (’22): A children's book that introduces young readers to Asian-American history and culture, based on travels through South Korea. Madison Menard (’22): A photojournalism series that represents the culture of "historic soccer" in rival Italian provinces.
Marisa Mestichella (’22): A documentary and "how-to" guide to street performance, based on travels to New York, New Orleans, and Nashville.
Serena Myjer (’22): Essays inspired by the work of John Muir created while the author walks the John Muir Trail.
Robin Peterson (’22): A short story collection that represents the experiences of refugees in Jordan.
Daenerys Pineda (’22): A series of short stories depicting heritage sites in Northern California.
Courtney Reed (’22): A documentary that represents the history of the hair industry in Atlanta, China, and India.
Toluwani Roberts (’22): A zine featuring essayettes, poetry, and interviews related to the expression of spirituality and the natural world in Equador.
Dorcas Saka (’22): Short stories that represent the experiences of Muslim communities in Chicago, New Jersey, Arkansas, and Arizona.
Sobechukwu Uwajeh (’22): A podcast series that examines the impact gentrification has had upon people of color in Chicago and New York.
Kyril Van Schendel (’22): A documentary film based on the author's experiences distance running in the South West U.S.
Laura Vences (’22): A zine that explores the connections between immigration, labor, and the Latinx community in several U.S. cities.
Kimberly Zamora-Delgado (’22): A collection of stories based on interviews with park rangers and visitors at National Parks on the west coast of the U.S.
Alison Marouk-Coe & Shania Sharna (’22): An experiment in immersive empathy based on travels to locations - such as Mumbai and Beijing - that are significant to the authors.
Note: Some Fellows are not pictured.