The Tulane Hullabaloo

Activism to academia: Selamawit Terrefe challenges students to question power through theory

Professor Selamawit Terrefe

Sanjali De Silva, Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

In her 1993 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the now-departed literary legend Toni Morrison said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” For Selamawit Terrefe, a new addition to Tulane’s English faculty, those words ripple beneath the surface of all she does. Terrefe studied under Barbara Christian, a...