Lessons in Reading and Resilience

“Life is a succession of lessons,” counseled nineteenth-century writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, “which must be lived to be understood.” The Emmanuel community is being schooled in some difficult lessons as together we navigate the abrupt pivot to a remote campus and fully online teaching. Faculty and students alike mourn for daily routines now completely upended. […]

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Improv as Mindfulness Practice

Image you are on a stage, standing before an audience who is waiting to be entertained, by you, and you have prepared nothing. What may be your nightmare is a dream to improv comedians such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan-Michael Key.  Improv comedy is about listening in the moment to any cues you […]

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The Coronavirus, Panic Buying and the Third-Person Effect

  • Mark Flynn
  • March 19, 2020

Can you spare a square?  It is hard to process just how quickly the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has forced itself upon us. Part of its devastating effects have been in its relentless pace.  As I am writing, the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to classify COVID-19 an official pandemic one week ago. President Trump then […]

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Teaching through Travel: How Short, Immersive Experiences Abroad Enhance Classroom Learning

It’s difficult to argue the benefits of study abroad for college students—cultural immersion, language skills, new friends and professional connections, personal development and, for some, graduate school and career opportunities. But many students are unable to dedicate an entire semester to traditional international travel, due to financial constraints or an already rigorous course load. Since […]

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The Myth of the Writer as Genius

  • Mary Elizabeth Pope
  • April 4, 2019

One of the first things students considering a major in writing need to understand is that they do not have to be geniuses to be good writers. The myth of the writer as genius is probably the single greatest obstacle that otherwise interested, talented and hardworking students have to overcome to pursue a career path […]

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My BackStory: History Through Popular Media

“Just put the headphones on and wait for someone to speak to you,” said the friendly woman who oversees the University of New Hampshire’s television and radio studios. Her smile revealed that she knew I was a wee bit nervous.  Being a “first-in-the-nation” state means once every four years our sleepy little college town, Durham, […]

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