Nicholas Barber
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Nicholas Barber is a doctoral student at McGill University, where he has taught undergraduate courses in African Studies and Anthropology. He has worked on development projects in Ghana and Lesotho and for the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. He blogs for Africa is a Country ( and tweets @nccbarber.

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Hearing Q's Theme Music Now Makes My Heart Sink

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:56 PM

When I was 24 I moved to New York City to start a Master's degree.

My father drove me down from Ottawa. In the early evening we arrived at Stuyvesant Town, the apartment complex on the east side of Manhattan that would be my home for the coming year....

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The Rob Ford Scandal Shows We're All a Little Racist

(23) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:31 AM

(The original version of this article appeared on Africa is a Country.)

As we all watch in awe as the human trainwreck that is Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to unfold, let us take a moment to reflect on the very ugly role that racism is...

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Grad School's Not the Problem, You Are

(17) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Several times per semester an article gets forwarded around amongst the students in my PhD program with a message that is some variation of the following: Doctoral studies are pointless, serving only to make students miserable and unemployable (see, for example, here, here, and

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Want to Quell Student Stress? Don't Take Wente's Advice

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:35 AM

As thousands of university students across the country cram for December exams, a number of articles have appeared detailing efforts to ease finals-related stress. Concerned administrators and campus organizations are offering programs ranging from free yoga classes, to "dog therapy" sessions, all with the...

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