Basho, M. (1999). Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings. Boston: Shambhala. Summary: The Narrow Road to the Interior uses the journey as a metaphor for life. Basho’s observations on his journey to the interior stunningly juxtapose the aesthetic with the spiritual in nature. Comments: “Students particularly identify with the journey motif, one they…

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This project involves developing syllabi for two courses, an introduction to American Studies and an English Department senior seminar. It focuses on nature writers-not only literary authors, but natural and social scientists-who are also contemplatives: Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, Richard Nelson, Terry Tempest Williams, Linda Hogan and others. Themes explored in these texts include dwelling, home and universe, comparative traditions, science, travel, the lessons of history, embodiment, ecofeminism, green movements and environmental justice, and imaginative versions of landscape by the privileged juxtaposed to the lived experience of the disempowered.

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”Reading and Writing Women’s Lives” is a course designed to introduce students to genres of writing that involve personal and lived experience about and by women: personal essay, biography, autobiography, and autoethnography. Not only will students be reading these forms as well as theories about writing and women’s experience, but they will also try a hand at producing them.

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A webinar with Michelle Francl, 2008 Contemplative Practice Fellow, Professor of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr, and writer for Nature Chemistry. October 22, 2009 Prof. Francl teaches writing and chemistry and embeds contemplative practices into both.  Her courses demonstrate the value of this approach for learning and doing science, where practice provides nascent scientists with another…

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