When I read ‘Beloved,’ all of the my thinking and my feelings…changed.” Dr. Mae G. Henderson is professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of numerous articles on pedagogy, diasporic writing and performance, cultural studies and cultural criticism, as well as black feminist criticism and theory, including the widely anthologized essay, “Speaking In Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics, and the Black Woman Writer’s Literary Tradition.” She is editor of Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (2005), Borders, Boundaries and Frames (1995), and co-editor (with John Blassingame) of the five-volume Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals: An Annotated Index of Letters, 1817-1871 (1980). Henderson has also published the Critical Foreword and Notes to the Modern Library edition of Nella Larsen’s Passing (2002). Henderson is also a proud graduate of Girls’ High. Art Sanctuary Executive Director, and fellow Girls’ High alumna, Valerie Gay sits down with Henderson to discuss what gets her juices flowing, whether she imagined the life that she has now, and, most of all, what is her sanctuary.