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Jayanti Tamm
Jayanti Tamm is the author of Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult. She was a Princeton University Mid-Career Fellow in 2014-2015.

Entries by Jayanti Tamm

Spreading the Ivy: What Happens When Community College Faculty Are Offered Fellowships at the Ivy League

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 11:03 AM

In America's new Gilded Age, the options and opportunities for those with the greatest fortunes are limitless. For students from wealthy families, the ever-escalating cost of a college degree is not a barrier. Sarah Lawrence's hefty $65,000 price tag is irrelevant. These students have the freedom to apply, and if...

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Examining the Conscious Choice of Joining a Cult

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Simplistic, "one size fits all" misconceptions about cults are not adequate explanations. From the widely held falsehood that people actively seek to join a 'cult' (since...

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The Mystique of Morrissey -- Fandom in the '40s

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:17 PM

My first time seeing the iconic crooner Morrissey was over 20 years ago. It was the debut solo tour of America after the breakup of his legendary band, The Smiths. For Morrissey, the show at the Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden was a proclamation that he was undaunted and...

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Why High School Doesn't Count: Getting Smart About College

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 10:29 AM

As the wounds of college rejections are still raw from April's thin-or-thick envelope onslaught, all over America, the reality of plan B's are slowly starting to settle in. For many students whose quest for acceptance to top tier colleges was launched by their parents, from enrollment in elite preschools to...

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Chauvinism: Is it Really Dead?

(455) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:05 PM

An uncomfortable silence filled the classroom. No one had started writing a response to the question I had written. Finally, one student raised her hand.

"Um, can you explain what 'chauvinist' means?"

As a professor, there are times when I gaze out at my students armed with their smartphones and...

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The World Is Flat Screened

(4) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 10:42 AM

It was meant to be romantic, a rare few hours without the kids. We chose a quaint local café, and as we walked there feeling the first vestiges of fall, we felt connected. Outside of the chaotic spillage of toys and noise, we'd be able to relocate each other.

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Why Honesty Really is the Best Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 11:37 AM

"You're not as pretty as me."

It was a simple, declarative statement. I knew what it meant and how to translate it: my three-year-old, wearing a new, comically puffy cloud of pink tutu for ballet class wanted to be fully admired. To my daughter, the bulging crinoline hands down,...

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Sticker Shock: The Hazards of Political Bumper Stickers

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 5:02 PM

We aspire to be mild, polite drivers. We graciously wave last-minute mergers into our lane; we patiently wait behind the driver still idling after the light has turned green; we serenely shift lanes from the motorist who rides our bumper with the high beams flashing. But now that the 2012...

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What's Next for Afghanistan? Send in the Community College

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 12:52 PM

As the withdrawal date for Afghanistan continues to be a source of debate -- too late or too soon? -- there is eerie silence regarding the larger issue of what will replace the troops and tanks. What will fill the vacuum? If America is truly intent on implementing strategies for...

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Why Is Raising Children Religion-Free Still Taboo?

(13) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 1:24 PM

"So what faith are you raising your daughters in?"

"None," I reply with a smile. Looks of grave concern sweep across the room. That was not the answer they wanted.

At the end of my book events, that same question inevitably arrives, landing with a thud. It is...

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What Is A Cult? Recognizing And Avoiding Unhealthy Groups

(130) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Who in our over-stimulated, media-saturated, hyper-connected world would ever go and knowingly join a cult? The answer is no one.

No one wakes up one morning and decides to join a cult. Even if someone did, good luck trying to look up the address for the nearest local cult, for...

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