Classes

  • Intro to Arts & Design 
  • Seeing Ecology Through Arts Practice
  • Bees & Society
  • Life Stories: Memory, Family, Place
  • Introductory French I 
  • Language Acquisition & Language Loss 
  • Illustration
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Plants in the Campus Landscape
  • History of Midwifery & Women’s Healthcare 
  • Contemporary Women’s Novels 

Favorite class:

I think Seeing Ecology Through Arts Practice with Jennifer Rock has been my favorite so far. The course combined natural history illustration, field journaling, and drawing. Students used the physical, somatic nature of arts practice to more closely and experientially study our local ecosystem. I still think about the concepts, like how the human body really being a sensing tool in every way, how it can collect meaningful, intimate data about plants, natural phenomenon, trees, and animals, and collect it through the attention and motion present in artistic practice. It was a great introduction to human ecology. 

My approach to human ecology:

botany + painting + drawing + women’s health + writing + literature + language + ecology  = human ecology 

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The quiet. The pine-scented breeze, sun reflecting on the glaciated mountains, the picture-perfect seaside villages, the solitude of the winter and the chilly joy of feeling kelp and seaweed brush against your legs in the Atlantic Ocean in the warmer weather. Studying trees in Acadia. How it feels like its own world. 

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

Earth Day, botany club, open mics, exploring Acadia National Park 

Ephemera:

Collecting ripe apples from old orchard trees in the community garden after studying bumble bees in motion. Touching bioluminescent plankton. Experiencing a long Maine winter.