Emily Bernard is an associate professor of English and U. S. ALANA Ethnic Studies at UVM. Her essays have been published in the American Scholar, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction.
Palestinian travelers wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah crossing terminal in the southern Gaza Strip earlier this month.
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Fida'a Abuassi outside Good Hall on the University of Indianapolis campus. She arrived two months late for her graduate program after being stuck in the Gaza Strip, but got her student ID and started classes Wednesday.
To get a small sense of Fida'a Abuassi's odyssey, start on June 28, days before the Egyptian coup. She had just returned to her native Gaza Strip via Cairo after spending the year in New York on the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright student program.
"I came back to Gaza, and then they declared that they will close the border until further notice," she says.
Her goal was to get to Indiana by August to start her master's program at the University of Indianapolis.