Asuka has expressed individuality with different hair cuts and hair styles to reject societal standards.

A Japanese American artist and teacher, Asuka tells about how her has expressed different aspects of her identity over the years, her relationships with her mother and grandma, and where she found her braided hair style.

Shannon shares her wisdom around mind-body connection, and her journey losing her hair through chemotherapy.

Shannon has great wisdom with the mind-body connection. In this interview she shares her experiences with losing her hair during chemo and how others react to the changes. We also discuss connecting to community through social media, and how our...

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May 26, 2018
Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box.

Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box. Sanaa shares her stories about her mother’s love of her childhood hair, shaving off one side of her hair to mark a major life...

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May 26, 2018
Erin tells how she came to have such long hair…

Erin tells the tales of her traumatic childhood hair events that lead to her having such long hair, the changes her hair has under gone, and how she sees hair as a big part of her identity through her photography...

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March 19, 2018
In Your Own Words with Pele Voncujovi

Originally a celebration of Black History Month, February 2018, Middlebury College’s Davis Family Library has initiated a series of oral interviews, “In Your Own Words.” In them, Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer engages members of the community who trace...

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January 26, 2018
Hair as an equalizer for a Ghanaian schoolgirl

A Ghanaian woman tells me about her childhood experience in Nigeria where hairstyles were a part of the school uniform, how she feels about the time it takes to get her hair braided, and the hilarious story of the first...