Mafalda Von Alvensleben
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Slow, special, developmentally challenged, not that bright. These were explanations offered to my mother when it seemed that I was unable to read. Turns out, […]

VON ALVENSLEBEN: In defense of doing nothing

I absolutely hate silence. Dramatic pauses in movies, awkward moments after a teacher asks a question, gaps in conversations before you realize you have nothing […]

VON ALVENSLEBEN: No matter what the future holds

Five years ago,  I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, one that required some of the most aggressive treatments that the FDA currently […]

VON ALVENSLEBEN: Justifying our needs

Yale is an incredibly old and prestigious institution. But do we ever stop to wonder what constitutes that idea of prestige? Academia is often touted […]

VON ALVENSLEBEN: Activism and accessibility

I hate summer in New Haven. The weather is good, too good, sweltering hot and humid, so hot and humid, in fact, that wearing long […]