Hampshire College Alums Divad Durant and Hira Nabi Featured in "The Nation"

Hampshire College alums Divad Durant 05F and Hira Nabi 07F both recently published essays in The Nation as part of the ongoing series Scenes from a Pandemic.

Alum Divad Durant’s piece, "Work in Progress," focuses on a film Durant made during his first year at CUNY’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, which he attended while also working as a firefighter for the New York Fire Department. As part of his coursework, Durant collaborated with Yera Dahora, a director from Brazil, on a short screenplay Durant had written. In the essay, Durant reflects on their unique virtual collaboration.

Hampshire College alum Hira Nabi, an artist and filmmaker based in Pakistan, also penned an essay for the series in May. Nabi's "News from Home and Other People's Homes," examines her experiences in Pakistan, as well as her responses to news cycles received from different parts of the world during the pandemic. The essay, infused with lyrical language and poetry, is a haunting reflection on both the act and action of bearing witness. Nabi was a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and various Students of Under-Represented Cultures and Ethnicities (SOURCE) groups during her time as a student.

Scenes From a Pandemic is a collaboration between The Nation and Kopkind, a memorial project for The Nation journalist Andrew Kopkind.


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