Author Archives: hanna

Four Trees

The Pecan Tree I was four when my family and I lived in New Bern, North Carolina. I do not remember every detail of the house; I recall little flashes of images, like the red carpet in the bedroom, the … Continue reading

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A square meter

The Forest Unseen is a chronicle of author David George Haskell’s attempt to understand the world by focusing on a relatively microscopic piece of it. He comes to know his small forest intimately and in detail, and allows us to … Continue reading

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Pieces of Place

In his book The Forest Unseen, David Haskell takes readers on a meditative journey through science, ecology, and philosophy as he dedicates a year of his life to studying a small circle of forest floor in Tennessee. We talked briefly … Continue reading

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An Independent Model

The Collegiate Way of Living is a collection of essays by Mark Ryan, a former dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University. The collection depicts for its readers the history and culture of Yale’s residential colleges, which are given … Continue reading

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Final Reflection

Pre-Course Meeting #3 Goals for the program: Meet students and teachers from outside my field and learn as much as I can from them Explore what my goals are for a career and determine the more global context into which … Continue reading

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A Visitor in Bern

It is raining. We haven’t made it more than a block from the hotel before the map in my hands begins to melt into a pile of mush. We trudge up to the third floor of the public library, leaving … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ghana: Wildlife Conservation

One of the problems with contemporary efforts at wildlife conservation is the imposition of seemingly arbitrary rules and strictures on people whose livelihood is tied closely to the animals in need of protection. The rules are either ignored, in which … Continue reading

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Travel

Below is an excerpt from the travel essay I wrote for Paul Heilker. It was written as a series of “postcards” from trains and their destinations and was intended to demonstrate how the physical act of travelling can induce a … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

At this time of the semester it is incredibly easy to feel pulled in a hundred different directions. I didn’t want to come to Naples. I spent Friday night listing over again every assignment I have due in the next … Continue reading

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An Irrevocable Condition

Once again, the topic of home has come up in class, this time in one of our conversations on Giovanni’s Room. We spent a good amount of time discussing the character David’s motivations, most of which are tied up in his notions of masculinity … Continue reading

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