Photo from Duke Chronicle, courtesy of John and Penni Brown
Kaila Brown was PAL Assistant Director from 2010-2013. Her friends and colleagues at the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature and the Franklin Humanities Institute remember Kaila with warmth and love as we mourn her death on Sunday September 21, 2014. She was a vibrant, irreplaceable part of the PAL community.
Kaila was a fifth-year graduate student in the English Department at Duke. She completed a bachelors degree at Brigham Young University in 2009.
Treasured Memories of Kaila at PAL:
Kaila was luminous. She shone with passion for literature, and for ideas. She was everyone’s favorite student. I was privileged to be allowed to work with her for five years. Our hearts go out to Kaila’s friends and family. — Toril Moi
Kaila and I were a team—an efficient duo at PAL, and an amusing pair as friends. She was brimming with delight, insight, and intelligence. Her generosity and kindness were contagious. I will miss her laugh, and I will miss her love. — Leonore Fleming
Kaila Brown was a beautiful soul, illuminated by her capacious loves–for books, for thinking, for dance and theatre–and above all, for others. She was funny, quick-minded, full of wit, spunk and spark. She was a catalyst for others. I am so sad to lose her. –Sarah Beckwith
Kaila carried the banner for PAL while Toril was on leave. She was a model for me in how to host a rich intellectual community through attention to detail, grace, good spirits, and passionate inquiry. She shaped us in indelible ways.–Heather Wallace
Images courtesy of Leonore Fleming and Sarah Beckwith