CED in 3: Ayah Issa

December 5, 2022

Ayah Issa, a Curriculum, Instruction & Teacher Education student, share 3 favorite recent reads:

Since starting the CITE program, I’ve found myself enjoying graphic novels and poetry much more than a traditional novel. Here are a few of my favorite reads: 

  1. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui is an autobiographical graphic novel that follows the intergenerational story of a Vietnamese immigrant family. The visuals provided with each experience of trauma and joy have me revisiting this story time and time again.
  2. Poems by Mahmoud Darwish: From The Butterfly’s Burden to scattered poems found online, Darwish’s poems, originally published in Arabic, have always been close to my heart. Seen as the Palestinian national poet, his words flow through exile, diaspora, and the sentiments of nature and family.
  3. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein is one of many written pieces by Stein that attempts to remove the symbolism from words and instead turn reading into a visual action. Here, in her unique style of writing, Stein’s words hold the same function and interest as pictures. 

“CED in 3” spotlights the College of Education grad student communitystudents, faculty and staff. Read Ed Policy Ph.D. student Sandy Waldron’s picks from our last issue on the Grad Link website.