Meet the Team
Marian Lemont (Quantitative Economics and English, A18)
Srinitha Dasari (Political Science and Community Health, A18)
Marian and Siri’s friendship began when they struck up conversation near the Dewick dessert counter their freshman year. This initial encounter progressed into hours long discussions about their failures in ‘adult-ing,’ their complete lack of technological savvy, but most of all, their common fascination with people and the stories they have to tell.
These dinnertime conversations morphed into a podcast series endeavoring to capture moments of honesty, vulnerability, reflection, and humor--basically everything that makes us uniquely human, as told by extraordinary individuals in the Tufts community. They were humbled by the powerful sincerity of those they interviewed and felt compelled to share these personal narratives.
And so, they proudly present to you the culmination of this project: “The Jumbolayas.”
Natalie Pallay is the Story Architect and Editor.
Episode 2 - Justine Hardy
Justine Hardy is a British journalist, author, psychologist, and conflict trauma therapist. She founded Healing Kashmir in 2008, an integrated mental health project that aimed to address the debilitating mental health situation in the region due to the long-lasting territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan. This program aims to incorporate standardized stress treatments with local knowledge and systems in outreach centers around the state, a suicide helpline, and a statewide primary mental health care.
Justine is also the author of six books, ranging in subject from war to Hindi film, and was the runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2010. She writes for prolific publications, including The Financial Times, The Times, and Vanity Fair. She has been involved in several BBC strands, including the BAFTA-nominated series Urban Jungle.
Currently, Justine is a residential INSPIRE fellow at Tufts University’s Institute of Global Leadership and The Center for Humanities at Tufts.
Episode 1 - Elliot Ackerman
Elliot Ackerman (A03, F03) spent eight years in the military as both an infantry and special operations officer. He operated as the primary combat advisor to a 700-man Afghan commando battalion responsible for capture operations against senior Taliban leadership. Ackerman is a decorated veteran, having earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a Rifle Platoon in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah.
Elliot Ackerman’s fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He has also been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, as well as appeared on Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, and NPR.
Header image by Ashton Stephens (E19)