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Nicole Brittingham Furlonge
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Nicole Brittingham Furlonge earned a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on sound and cultural studies, and examines issues involving race, class, gender and sexual identity. She has taught in independent middle and high schools and college for 16 years, including University of Michigan, UPenn, The Lawrenceville School, Holderness School and St. Andrew's School in Delaware. She has extensive experience in the classroom and in administrative roles dealing with curriculum development, diversity issues, faculty development and issues regarding education, equity and access.

She graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the country, and was the first generation in her family to attend college. Her work has been published in the academic journals Callaloo and Interference, and in the publication St. Andrew's Today. She has written a cookbook for young children, Kitchen Passports: Trinidad and Tobago, due out this spring. Currently, Nicole teaches at the Princeton Day School in New Jersey. She also blogs at, where she discusses all the issues mentioned above as well as adoption and issues related to juggling home, work and family. She lives in the green part of New Jersey with her spouse and their three young children.

Entries by Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

Without Sanctuary?: On Lynching in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:53 AM

In a recent New York Times article, Taiye Selasi offers this resonant insight on nationality and identity in relation to the recent Michael Brown case: "that we don't hear of American-on-American violence as we hear of black-on-black crime suggests that the identity 'American' does not, as advertised, imply...

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6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:12 PM

"Are you excited about all the writing you'll do this summer?" I asked my exuberant Inktopia Kids summer writing campers. It was the last day of a fun-filled, early summer week of word games, character creation and poetry making. Every Inkster said they had a great time and would miss...

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Eve's Daughters, or, Go With the Flow

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:31 AM

In the beginning, there was pain.

My periods began when I was 13-years-old, and I only remember them accompanied with pain. I bled heavily each month for six to eight days. As I got older, I would find myself passed out on my bedroom or bathroom floor from painful...

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Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 4

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 2:21 PM

This is the fourth in a series of posts about my experience searching for my birthparents.

I wasn't sure I'd hear from Jack. I wasn't even sure I wanted to do the believing necessary to actually sit and wait for the call. But Jack didn't leave me much time to...

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Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 5:20 PM

This is the third in a series of posts about my experience searching for my birthparents.

While it was comforting to know the name of my biological father, I was also frustrated. Jack Green is a fairly common name. Furthermore, the way my birthmother described Jack left me wondering...

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Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 2

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:17 PM

This is the second in a series on my experience searching for my birthparents.

In the fall of 1996, I cautiously wrote to my birthmother:

Dear Sarah,
I am writing because I have reason to believe that you are my birthmother. I was born in February of...
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Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 1

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 6:41 PM

This is the first in a series of posts about my experience searching for my birthparents.

"I've been waiting for this call for 40 years," the embracing voice shared on the other end of the phone. It was one week before Thanksgiving 2011 and I'd finally decided to...

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How Does Poetry Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM

"Poetry is aloud or it is nothing," renowned poet C.K. Williams declares with the perceptive precision of a poet. Williams is thrilled to return for the fourth time to the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ where, for four days, arts venues, churches, and other spaces will resound with words...

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Natasha Trethewey Begins her Domestic Work as Poet Laureate

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 4:07 PM

This month, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey officially began her stint as Poet Laureate of the United States. One of Trethewey's poems that I return to often is "Housekeeping":

We mourn the broken things, chair legs/ Wrenched from their seats, chipped plates/ The threadbare clothes. We work the magic/...
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Stitched Into the Day: Remembering September 11, 2001

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 4:16 PM

When I reach back in memory to September 11, 2001, my attention first stops 2 days later on September 13, 2001. On that day, I buried my father, Harry Wise Brittingham, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

It was an eerily peaceful, crisp day at Arlington. It was as...

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On the 'Public' Role of Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:18 PM

Love is a democratic ideal. This notion of love is what Martin Luther King, Jr. called "the love that does justice," a love that intentionally supports and cultivates personal and systemic change towards equality, a love that is threatened as long as injustice thrives. In King's words, love holds social...

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Why We Can't Afford Our Nation's Public Education Debt

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 12:11 PM

This week, Rick Santorum shared his regret for calling President Obama a snob for saying that all young people should go to college. Santorum explained on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight that when he made this accusation about Obama back in February -- and repeatedly thereafter -- he believed...

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Against 'Superior Parenting,' or an Allen Iverson Remix

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 10:47 AM

What do parenting and Allen Iverson have to do with each other? Bear with me.

I am not a "Tiger Mom."

I am not a superior French parent (though I admit that my children have learned to say "please" and "thank you" from the beginning -- not just because it...

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