The On Being Project

Emily Jane O'Dell
Emily Jane O'Dell

is an assistant professor at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. Previously, she held the Whittlesey Chair of History & Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, NPR, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about her travels on her website.

Performing “Our Town” In Oman

by Emily Jane O'Dell

A joyful group of international students puts on an unlikely production of a classic in American theatre — and discovers the power of storytelling to embody our surprising sameness across culture, geography, and time.

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Performing “Our Town” In Oman

Refugee Yoga in Beirut

by Emily Jane O'Dell

Can a yoga class really make a difference in the midst of a war zone? Emily O’Dell on finding our way home.

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Refugee Yoga in Beirut