Can Nature Predict an Active Hurricane Season?

By Aesha Duval (Follow us on LinkedIn) Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said, “Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercyContinue reading “Can Nature Predict an Active Hurricane Season?”

Code Switching – A Caribbean Perspective

By Aesha Duval (Follow us on LinkedIn) Growing up in the Caribbean, our parents, and teachers told us to “speak proper English,” and there was a time and a place for speaking in your island dialect. This stayed with me through my schooling in the U.S. Virgin Islands, through college in North Carolina and into myContinue reading “Code Switching – A Caribbean Perspective”

J’ouvert and Playing Mas’: Why Carnival Matters

By Aesha Duval (Follow us on LinkedIn) Starting this week and into the first week of January 2023, the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival. Although called festival by locals, it is essentially St. Croix’s Carnival and it will be the first oneContinue reading “J’ouvert and Playing Mas’: Why Carnival Matters”

Journalists and Trauma: The Stories that Stuck with Me

By Aesha Duval It has been 14 years since I worked as a full-time newspaper reporter. Yet, some of the events and people I’ve written about still haunt me. They didn’t teach it in journalism school, but reporters tend to separate their emotions from the subject and sources of their news stories. We “suck itContinue reading “Journalists and Trauma: The Stories that Stuck with Me”

The Pelau That Unites Us

By Aesha Duval On a recent drive home from work, I wracked my brain and mentally scanned the contents of my freezer and cupboards, trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. Then it hit me. I could make pelau! Pelau is a traditional rice dish of the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Dominica, St.Continue reading “The Pelau That Unites Us”

Universal Design in Law Librarianship

We are more alike than different … but is different really a bad thing? by Aesha Duval This fall, I took a virtual Introduction to Special Education course at a local university. I took the class for a teaching certification that I was required to obtain back when I was a school librarian several yearsContinue reading “Universal Design in Law Librarianship”

Coping after a Disaster

By Aesha Duval Be prepared. Stay informed. Be vigilant. Those are the three main actions emergency response experts urge you to take when preparing for a disaster. But what about after a disaster strikes? After the flood waters have receded, the hurricane winds have stilled or the earth stops shaking, how do you cope withContinue reading “Coping after a Disaster”