Throughout the year, our Scholars faculty and staff across programs will share their responses to three questions around our 2018–19 annual theme, "Migrations: Populations and Practices on the Move." The questions typically relate to a resource directors are using in class. Following is another entry in our “3 Questions With…” series.
Long before it was a “thing” to have a “slash” career, Andy Shallal boasted several careers to his name. The Iraqi-American owner of the popular local restaurant chain, Busboys and Poets, Shallal has been an entrepreneur, artist, political activist… even a politician.
“How did you get here?” is a rich and complex question. Asked in a tone of suspicion at, say, an airport or a store, it may feel like a challenge or even a threat: “You don’t look like you belong here. How and why are you here?” Asked over a cup of coffee in a friendly tone of voice, it will probably feel like an invitation: “Tell me more about yourself. What brought you to this place at this time doing what you are doing?”