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Asian American Dreams

While a double major in Biology and Studio Art at Colgate University, a predominantly-white university in Upstate New York, my coursework provided challenging STEM curricula and liberal arts…

Have One on Joanna Newsom

As I considered a range of options for my Humanities Moment, I instinctively knew it would come down to music, which is the element that moves me most…

Reflections on the Banks of the Tiber

Like so many significant events throughout the history of the Western world, my humanities moment begins on the banks of the River Tiber in Rome. I had just…

Shakespeare at Winedale and the Winedale Historical Center, near Round Top, Texas

Tucked away into Central Texas’ Hill Country is the repurposed ghost town of Winedale. Built by German immigrants in the nineteenth century, it nowadays features several creaky homes,…

That Day and that Professor

Several years ago, I was invited to teach a literary translation class at the college in my small town in Montana, something that was completely out of my…

The Injury

For most of my life I had been focused on one thing, goal, and desire. This obsession was football and getting to the highest level possible. I had…

Learning By Myself

School was not a challenge for me growing up. I was usually bored and busy talking. It was not until my junior year when my APUSH teacher Mr….

Who is the Hero of Animal Farm?

When I was in middle school I came to love history, especially Russian history and Hitler’s Germany. This time period intrigued me, plus I learned if I read…

Humans Give Meaning to the World

While discussing N. Scott Momaday’s novel A House Made of Dawn, Professor Bowden introduced a new concept – geosophy. It was an unexpected moment during an undergraduate geography…

From a Cultural Perspective

In this audio recording, graduate student Margherita Berti describes how an ordinary encounter while studying abroad gave her a new outlook on cultural differences, practices, and perspectives. Transcript…

The Day I Decided to Major in History

Graduate student Justina Licata explains how a junior high school teacher’s passion and influence led her to embrace the study of history as a lifelong vocation. Transcript Hello,…

An Invitation to a Community of Musicians

Crawford recalls how a potentially traumatic move to a new high school at the age of fourteen could have been a distressing experience, but ultimately showed him the…

The Empowering Legacy of Science Fiction

Davidson traces an arc through her life story which began when a fifth-grade teacher gave her a copy of the novel Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. This gesture, combined…

Saving the World May Just Mean Saving One Person’s World

My Humanities Moment starts off years before I became a teacher, but it culminated when I realized what my ultimately mission was as a teacher. When I grew…

The Role of the Shield in Education

“Because a warrior carries helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line.” ― Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire Like…

Understanding History as Gossip

Author, educational advocate, and entrepreneur David Bruce Smith discusses a transformational moment in his education, during which a high school teacher showed him the revelatory truth that history,…

A Lifelong Love of Biographies

Author, educational advocate, and entrepreneur David Bruce Smith recounts how his passion for reading biographies as a child instilled in him an enduring love of history and allowed…

The Power of Mythological Thinking

As a teacher of classical mythology, Poliakoff explains that the challenge he presents to his students—and that myths present to contemporary readers—is to understand how such ancient stories…

From the Pequod to the Oil Fields

James Hackett describes how his early encounters with some classics of American and British literature—including Moby-Dick—caused him to become more reflective about life. They also taught him the…

On This Side of Paradise

Mike Rizer used to avoid reading at any cost, even buying CliffsNotes when necessary. But in his sophomore year of college, Ernest Hemingway changed all that. Since then,…