Stanford, Luthiers, and Tunisia: An Eclectic Week for the Public Voices Fellowship Program.

This week was a big one for The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Program. Thursday and Friday marked the first convening of our Stanford Program. Led by Zeba Kahn, Joe Loya and Michele Weldon, the meeting was an exciting preview of the thought-provoking and powerful pieces the Stanford scholars will be generating in the coming months.

While on the West Coast the wheels of thought-leadership have only just been set in motion, on the East Coast the Public Voices Fellows at Yale have become an unstoppable force.

Kathryn Marie Dudley, professor of anthropology and American studies at Yale, has claimed the honor of being the first of the Yale Scholars in the Public Voices Fellowship Program to publish in the New York Times since the program began in May. Her piece explores the threat that America’s independent artisanal guitar makers, luthiers, face in the wake of 2008 amendments to the Lacey Act, legislation regarding illegal logging and the importation of wood. A poignant defense of the “craft that made the American guitar one of the most desireable instruments in the world.” Well done Kathryn!

Another first for the Yale Scholars came this week in the form of Ellen Lust’s international byline. Lust’s compelling analysis on the impact of the elections in Tunisia appeared on CNN.Opinion on Saturday. 

From Ravenna Koenig, your Junior Fellow, and everyone else here at The OpEd Project, congratulations and thank you for giving us the gift of your voices!

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