LOWELL BROWER is a PhD candidate in the Department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He received an M.A. in African Studies from Harvard University, and a B.A. in African Languages and Literature and English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests in Folklore, Literature, Linguistics, and Refugee Studies, his work focuses on African oral traditions, communal storytelling, and cultural reinvention in the aftermath of violence, displacement, and profound social rupture. Fluent in Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda, Lowell has conducted extensive ethnographic and folkloric research in villages and refugee camps in Rwanda and Tanzania. In all, he has recorded over three thousand East and Central African oral narratives, which he is currently translating, transcribing, and archiving as part of Harvard’s Africa’s Sources of Knowledge Digital Library.