Writing Beyond Borders

Writing Beyond Borders is an interdisciplinary writing project in higher education funded by the Mellon Foundation. Participating faculty are from six colleges and universities: DePauw, Dennison, Furman, Middlebury, Scripps and Vassar. The project is committed to excellence in writing that crosses borders and boundaries.

Moi et Charlie

Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of French Muslims, Jews, Christians, atheists and supporters from around the world amassed in the streets of Paris, marching together in the name of freedom. I know those streets and I am marching with them. When I was very young,...

On Top of Genetics

There is a rumor out there that scientists don’t communicate well with the public.  This may be partially true.  In my opinion, we communicate very little with the public.   We spend a lot of time communicating with each other—scientists write and review grant...

Wavelengths

It happened again yesterday. This time I wandered into one of those small conversations in the theater lobby at intermission.  “I was fine until trigonometry,” B was saying.  “Everything made sense up to that point, and then I just didn’t get it.”  M turned to me and...

Protected: The Golden Triangle

The receptionist smiled when she caught me staring. “Do you like my glasses?” she said. Her name was Tiki and she spoke perfect English. She was bigger and taller than most Thai women, and I liked that. Leaping from her eyes was a funky pair of eye-glasses, great big...