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Curb Scholar Summer Blog: Disa’s Eco-Informatics Research in the Cascades

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This post was written by Disa Yu.

I spent this summer in the forests and mountains of the Cascades mountain range in eastern Oregon. We lived in the cabins of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and conducted research in the field of Eco-Informatics. I thought that Eco-Informatics was a good example of the interdisciplinary creativity that happens at the Curb Center because it uses math and computer science to carry out ecological research. Read More

Curb Scholars “Think Wrong” at Opening Retreat

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before the classes had begun, the Vanderbilt Curb Scholars were hard at work getting their year off to a creative start. They spent a week attending the Curb Center’s Opening Retreat, a series of workshops, exercises, and a field trip to The Farm, an intentional community located in Summertown, Tennessee.

From their experiences at the Retreat, the Curb Scholars enter this year with new methods of problem solving, innovative ideas for campus projects, and much to continue pondering as they begin another year as creatives in their academic work and elsewhere. Read More

Curb Scholar Madeline Pt. 2

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I always try to find the ways of becoming a better artist and a better human from any experience I have – try to stretch beyond shuffling it into a category of good or bad, exciting or boring, etc. in order to really consciously grow with each experience. I’ve recently gotten to spend some time on the Hudson River on the West side of the island just sitting, looking at the water, and taking in a kind of quiet I had forgotten existed amidst the everyday cacophony of horns and police sirens and millions of intersecting dialogues.
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Curb Scholar: Madeline

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This summer I have the privilege of working at The Civilians, an experimental theatre company located on South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Basically, they devise original theatrical pieces exploring social issues or controversial subjects through research and interviews. Their unique process yields some of the most socially conscious plays and musicals produced in contemporary American theatre. They just produced an incredibly successful show about climate change called The Great Immensity, and their next big show is a musical about the porn industry. My parents were particularly proud and somewhat concerned to hear about my possible involvement in the research and development of that upcoming show.

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Elizabeth Meadows: Summer at the Curb Center–The Work of Public Engagement

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ed note: Dr. Elizabeth S. Meadows leads the Creative Campus and the Curb Scholars Program for the Curb Center at Vanderbilt.

I started at the Curb Center last summer, and it was a hectic time—planning the opening retreat and fall semester’s Scholar sessions, selecting Innovation Grant recipients for the first time, and planning the 3rd Annual Creative Practice Boot Camp on the fly—all while learning how to do a new job with a staff as new to the job as I was.  I found myself wondering what summertime at the Curb Center would be like in a “normal” year.  Now I know…

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Curb Internship Blog: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Anjelica Saulsberry

This blog is part of the Curb Scholars Internship Program.

My beginning days with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless have served as some of my most humble. I began this internship expecting to be in the office making phone calls and assisting the Finance Department; however, I feel as though I will play a vital role to a team of dedicated and inspiring individuals. And even more important, become a more open-minded and serviced-oriented person.

With the changes made under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are now billing for medical expenses differently. For example, instead of billing per expense, their consumers are now worth an allotted sum of money for their medical expenses that year. That means it is imperative that each medical provider that provides care for their patients are properly listed so that the practice, like Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, can properly receive funds. Read More

Curb Internship Blog Post: Compassionate Travel

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Ben Shane

This blog post is part of the Curb Scholars program.

I have faith in humanity when I travel. It comes from hitchhiking in Spain, where strangers interrupted their lives because they saw me for a total of a second-and-a-half on the side of the road and invited me into their cars and sometimes their homes. From the young woman in Morro Bay, California, who invited me surfing with her and her friends and equipped me with surfboard and wetsuit and patient instruction. From the countless people on the road who provided me with food or shelter or company, all of the most basic and meaningful necessities of life. These experiences bring me close to humankind and make me feel fortunate to be a part of it. Read More

A Summer Internship in Hualcayán

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Karissa Deiter

Hello! My name is Karissa and I am an intern with PIARA this summer. My journey with PIARA started two weeks ago, when I arrived at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, TN to work with director Dr. Robert Connolly and begin preparing educational and outreach materials for the summer in Hualcayán, Peru. I’m excited to join the PIARA team in Peru in two weeks, but first, here’s the story on how I became involved with PIARA. Read More

Apply now: Curb Fellow in Media, Art, and Public Policy, 2014-15

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Applications accepted through Friday, March 28.

The Curb Center is pleased to announce a continuing fellowship opportunity for advanced graduate students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences at Vanderbilt University. For the academic year 2014-15, the Curb Center offers a year-long fellowship to support a student who has completed his or her comprehensive examination and is interested in policy issues raised by media or the arts.

Candidates should be engaged in research that promises to illuminate challenges or opportunities that face any cultural field, including (but not limited to) music, publishing, the graphic arts, film, television, theater, literature, the entertainment industry, or digital media.  Policy concerns may involve race, class, gender, social or political concerns, economic issues, legal questions, government regulation, copyright, urban planning and development, public humanities and heritage preservation, indigenous cultures, international trade and diplomacy, distribution and access, artistic careers, nonprofits, new media, medicine and the arts, creativity and well-being, arts entrepreneurs, public support of the arts, arts education, and more.  We are also willing to entertain proposals that would allow a student to do research on an arts and cultural policy issue related to a dissertation nearing completion.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Using Google Forms in the Classroom (HASTAC Cross-Post)

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This post originally appeared on HASTAC.org on February 7, 2014. The original post and comments can be found here.

Weekly course assignments can be a headache for both instructors and students. Students lament having to print them (let alone do them), and instructors lament opening several hundred emails in the course of a semester. However, there are times when such assignments are pedagogically necessary.

A friend and I both used weekly reading assignment in our history courses last semester as a way to gauge student understanding of material and develop students’ abilities to summarize and interrogate readings. Although my friend teaches high school and I was a TA at a university, our students had a communal complaint about the assignments: “I don’t have the resources to print the assignment,” which was followed up with a “Can I just email it to you instead?” Read More