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Nyelah Sawyer

BA Candidate - CConcentration: Personal Archive, Oppositional Gaze, and the Black Lesbian Continuum; Minor: Studio Art

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Nyelah came to Gallatin from Connecticut because she wanted to be a part of a college where experimentation was built into the program. This environment has allowed her to build a concentration that hinges on personal archive, oppositional gaze, and the Black lesbian continuum. Myisha Priest’s “Domesticating the Wild in Children’s Literature,” Deb Willis’s “Black Body and the Lens,” Chinnie Ding’s “Picture Theories,” helped get the wheels turning on this amalgam of historiography, film, literature, and theory, along with “Trials of Girlhood,” her independent study with Lizzie Skurnick that tackled the construction of girlhood/womanhood through the novel. Nyelah was also able film a documentary on archives and culture keeping in New Orleans through a Dean’s Award for Summer Research. Independent projects like these were some of the most important in shaping this concentration and framing her plans for the future. Nyelah is an Albert Gallatin Scholar and Newington-Cropsey Foundation Fellow, minoring in studio art with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture. While her post-graduation plans may eventually lead to a graduate program in the arts or library sciences, she hopes to continue writing and to pursue new interests around agriculture and sustainability.

Nyelah Sawyer