Madelyn Stone

Hometown: Pinnacle, N.C.
Major: History and Journalism, Minor: International Affairs
College: CSSH / CAMD

What was you favorite Honors class?

The competition is stiff but Professor Jim Ross’s Art of Narrative Non-Fiction was truly an amazing course. The syllabus fused my interests in journalism and history, and I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to more closely examine works like John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” and Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” through the lens of journalistic integrity as well as narrative power. Reading Michael Herr’s “Dispatches” and Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” reinforced my appreciation for skilled writing to bring even the most traumatic subjects into some form of comprehension. I thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to discuss these works and others in dynamic class conversations.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

The opportunity to travel abroad, first on a Dialogue to Germany and later through international co-ops, paved the way for my eventual commitment to studying history in a global context. Co-oping at a newspaper in Cape Town gave me an incredible amount of insight into myself and my abilities. Completing my final co-op at a Cape Town history research institute cemented my captivation with South Africa and its history. The experiences I had in South Africa and the people I met there enriched my life immeasurably. They’ve pushed me to challenge myself and trust my abilities, and I feel incredibly grateful to have had the chance to learn and grow in ways I never anticipated would be possible.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

The Honors Program has overlapped with an array of experiences I’ve had at Northeastern, including serving in the Civic Engagement Program, living in an Honors residence hall as a freshman and a Resident Assistant, and taking multiple honors seminars. Perhaps most memorable and meaningful has been my Honors in the Discipline coursework, in the form of a thesis on South Africa’s apartheid-era resistance art. The Cape Town-based co-ops, made possible by Presidential Global Scholarships, allowed me to conduct archival research and glean a truer sense of the country my thesis examines. Pursuing the thesis secured me the invaluable guidance of my capstone professor and Honors In the Discipline thesis advisor, Jeffrey Burds, who has shepherded me through the process of applying to graduate school and has invigorated my academic pursuits. The Honors Program has also helped give me the courage to expand my coursework into graduate history classes and directed studies. This has allowed me the chance to work further with professors like Laurel Leff and Victoria Cain, who have been incredible advisors and advocates.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

This fall I’ll be headed to Atlanta, Georgia, to start graduate school at Emory University. I’ll be in their PhD program, studying African history with a focus on political and cultural history in southern Africa.