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One Ship Connects Generations

On the morning of March 17, 2008, I called my grandmother as I was getting ready to board the Queen Mary. I remember telling her – “I am…

People of the Book Reminds Me Why I Love the Humanities

I read People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks a few days ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This book combined many of…

Learning to Differentiate

I grew up in suburban Ohio and I knew from an early age that I wanted to experience more of the world than the mall. In high school,…

The Power of a Perspective Change

In my first semester as a history grad student, I remember reading an assigned book that changed my perspective on history forever. Prior to grad school, I had…

The Solace of Libraries

For as long as I can remember I have found peace in libraries. Just the idea of them makes me smile. My earliest memory of being in a…

Le Magic School Bus

No, it wasn’t the real Magic School Bus from the books and TV. But one of my most poignant humanities moments did happen on a bus. And I…

Internal and External Connections through Listening: Finding Comfort in Pauline Oliveros’s “The Earth Worm Sings”

In the final days of 2020 I, like many others, was feeling disconnected. Disconnected from my friends, my passions, and even myself. As a part of my research…

Bite Me!- A Florida Humanities Moment

People frequently talk about being haunted. Usually by spirits, both by the friendly Casper types and the decidedly less friendly Poltergeist types. Sometimes people are haunted by bad…

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…

Rebecca: The Novel & its Various Adaptations

– Alexis Lygoumenos (PhD student, actress under the stage name Alexis Nichols)

Day of the Living Dead

As someone with a profound interest in and curiosity about death culture, I was very excited when visiting family last summer I had the opportunity to visit several…

Finding Meaning Under the Stars

I have always loved space. This love is why I earned an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. Fittingly, stargazing with friends was one of my favorite, albeit infrequent,…

Do Migratory Birds Also Have to Leave Their Friends Behind?

This is an image drawn by an unschooled refugee child living in a camp in the outskirts of Chtoura, Lebanon. She is from Syria but has lived in…

Richard Wright’s Native Son

I first encountered Richard Wright’s Native Son from an admittedly privileged point of view. I included it as part of the comprehensive exams required for my PhD in…

Bright Sun Before Nightfall

Late this spring, my foster dog Sally unexpectedly died. I should’ve known she had cancer, but I not a veterinarian, and I didn’t think to apply Occam’s razor…

This is the Ocean

I rented Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals from the library, at a time in my life when I was searching inwards and exploring my beliefs. I would listen…

Give Me My Wings

It’s time now My time now Give me my, Give me my, Wings Having grown up in a particularly religious family, one that didn’t encourage listening to rock…

Quotidian moments

A note I wrote from April 16, 2020 From my dining room table: My two children, ages four and six, have now been at home for 35 days….

It Really is Gonna be Alright…

In the Fall of 2016, I started putting together application materials to begin my Masters program. I had so much anxiety going into the process and a lot…

Fictional Diaries and Archives

My humanities moment happened when I read a book for school written in the form of a diary. Even though it was fiction, it showed me how diaries…