Confessions of a Study Abroad Coordinator

What was going through his mind as the water rose above his head?  Was he thinking about his mother back home?  Was he hoping someone would look over to see him struggling?  Surely someone had to notice how he was grasping for the rocks, or heard his calls for help as he coughed up the [...]

“So . . . who are you now?”: Performing Women in Stage Beauty’s English Restoration

The 2004 film, Stage Beauty, set during the English Restoration, focuses on a male actor, Ned Kynaston, who specializes in portraying female roles and who receives much professional and personal validation for his performances. In the film, as in real life, King Charles II lifts the ban on women acting on the stage. Throughout the [...]

They Aren’t in the History Books: Women Artists in History

There is something missing in the histories of art. “What is that?” you ask. “Women artists,” will be my reply. While thumbing through older editions of art history books, it appears that art history was made, built, and sculpted primarily by men. So many beautiful pieces of art have been made by women, and yet, [...]

Upcountry, Tropics, The Great Synagogue of Constanta, and Statesman’s Memorial

Upcountry   Inland wayfarers halt at a ramshackle bivouac off the beaten track by the vermeil light of sunup for last-minute victuals as they ready to surmount hurdles, their eyes aloft toward the summit distant and neutral to their quest, at best.   They espy just ahead amid cacti the bleached bones of carcasses picked [...]

Metaphor Arthritis and a Mercedes

The thing about arthritis pain and the pain from loving you is how easily I manage both with impermanent remedies rather than admit each is a way of life demanding a change in my own habits. Instead of eating this cake that will surely inflame my joints and cause shooting spikes, I could choose to [...]


Ten seconds. Teresa could imagine the kernels, each golden pearl sitting amidst the wax-covered interior of the paper bag, each awaiting the seconds before they would burst with the fullness of their regal white clouds, emerging from the rigid casings into which they had been trapped for the entirety of their existence. She thought about [...]

“Welcome Home Sisters!”: A Personal and Political Education

For Rebecca in Barter on the occasion of our 1st Michigan Womyn’s Music festival. by Caroline (and Monika) from Montreal, Canada August 16, 1987 Before Michigan I’d never seen a womon with one breast I’d never seen womyn walking nude hand in hand very simple but I’d never seen it Before Michigan I’d never seen [...]

Faculty Colloquium at the Country Club

I take my seat and look over the sunlight room. Fourteen tables draped with white privilege. Four speakers: two white men, one black man, one woman. Each scrupulously earnest, as they circle the wild dogs and boars of critical race theory, social construction, white privilege, power and prejudice, oppression.   I glance around the room. [...]

Faubourg Tremé: Cultural and Societal Progress in a Neighborhood Faced with Gentrification

Introduction In New Orleans the word for neighborhood is Faubourg. This, like so many other things in New Orleans, speaks to one of the many inherent differences between this city and others. Faubourg Tremé was established in 1842 by free people of color. It is not only the oldest black neighborhood in the United States, [...]

Friendship in Frankenstein: An Artistotelian-Thomistic Analysis

True friendship, as defined by both Aristotle and Aquinas, calls for not only a whole person development, but also a whole community development. Whole person development refers to the development of individual abilities and attributes that increase virtue or character (goodness), while whole community development refers to the development of environmental and social attributes of [...]

Editor’s Note

Interdisciplinary encompasses several concepts, chief among them progression. At times, progression comprises radical change. The idea of equality for all men, regardless of class, was certainly a radical idea when Rousseau published the Discourse on the Origin and the Foundation of Inequality. He believed in waking up to a better world, one featuring revised versions [...]