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hi all- Meredith here.

I’m writing from the Mac-Corry cafeteria today. I just sucked back a little coffee and am feeling fine. It’s sunny today (finally!) and as a result, my mood has vastly improved (it’s hard to stay chipper when the weather is perpetually grey).

I just attended a really interesting lecture by two visiting scholars – Dr. Peter C. Van Wyck and Dr. Nigel Clark – called Environmental Responsibility Without Limits. Though I left just after they opened the floor to questions (my perpetual TO-DO list was bearing down on me), I very much enjoyed the back-to-back lectures from the Dr. Van Wyck and Dr. Clark. Both raised vital questions about environmental responsibility, legacy and the challenges of navigating a world where the people who create the biggest messes aren’t always the same people who have to contend with them. Lots to think about.

Here’s the poster (though sadly, you’ve already missed the symposium – though the screening on Thursday is still up for grabs):

Dr. Van Wyck’s talk, in particularly, was inspiring, not only for it’s content, but for his delivery. He read us some passages from his inspiring book The Highway of the Atom, which were beautifully written – deep, important research delivered in light, almost poetic prose. I was so taken by how Dr. Van Wyck was able to keep the audience engaged as he read, and I found myself thinking afterwords that it wasn’t just because of the content. It was, in fact, his ability to spin his research into riveting narrative.

For me it was an inspiring example of what is possible: of how we need to stop thinking of academic work (and academic writing) as being one particular sort of thing, and narrative non-fiction or poetry as being something completely different, the two resigned to live out their days in an alternate camps.  I was reminded today that it’s all possible. And that the possibilities are so very exciting.

And in other news: I just had the greatest surprise meeting here in the cafeteria. I ended up having a quick chat with a stranger, which became a longer and more drawn-out chat — the result of which is that the stranger has now agreed to let me interview her for my research. Exciting.

It’s nice to be reminded that you never really know what’s around the next corner. Stay open, my friends!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Uncategorized

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