Idea Blog

Curb Scholars Opening Retreat: Tuesday and Wednesday

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Elizabeth Meadows

It’s that time of year again, when students return to campus, and we all have to scramble to make sure we’re ready for them. At the Curb Center, this annual return becomes a swirl of events, as we try to coordinate the opening of the academic year (which means new teaching adventures for me and Director Jay Clayton, along with continuing research) with

➢ the Curb Scholars Opening Retreat,
➢ the kickoff of our second year of the Public Scholars program,
➢ a new art exhibit around the theme of gentrification both here in the Edgehill neighborhood and in other cities around the country,
➢ getting started on the REAL (Race Equity in Arts Leadership) Project we’re working on with the Metro Arts Commission,
➢ AND planning for all the other stuff we do every year with our many campus partners…

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Metro Arts Announces Race Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) learning cohort and research partnership

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Building Bridges by Claire Evans

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Building Bridges

Shortly after arriving in Hong Kong for my internship at Ove Arup & Partners, I pulled out my notebook and started a list. Guidelines to make the most of the summer
Act as if this is permanent
If you’re considering something but are scared or tired do it anyway.
Don’t worry about doing the touristy things, just live life as if this is home and it will be.
Those first few days had been a slow push through culture shock I both expected and didn’t. I was fighting a sense of obligation to do the sort of things an Adventurous Person does when they travel the world, though I wasn’t sure what those things were. I was simultaneously overcome by an opposing urge to do Nothing At All.

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Harrison David Kenum

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments

California surprised me. And not necessarily with its people, its natural beauty, or its different lifestyle- rather, the fact that it was even able to surprise me was surprising. It’s not an off-the-wall, hidey-hole state like a North Dakota or a Vermont. Everyone knows about California- ‘you know, there’s beaches, and some mountains, and uh, yeah.’ That’s not the whole story. Not even close.
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Tell Me a Story: Multimedia Expression Night

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Tell me a story.

In this century, and moment, of mania,
Tell me a story.

Make it a story of great distances, and starlight.

The name of the story will be Time,
But you must not pronounce its name.

Tell me a story of deep delight.

from Robert Penn Warren’s “Tell Me a Story”

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Happy Holidays from the Curb Center!

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments

On December 9th, the Curb Center group put their baking skills to work for a cookie exchange to celebrate the holiday season! Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: Creativity through World Cultures and Languages

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Disa Yu.

Hello and welcome to our Curb Scholars blog! My name is Disa and I’m a junior from Potomac, Maryland. I’m majoring in mathematics, and minoring in scientific computing and Chinese language and culture. I enjoy running, reading the news, and travelling and learning about world cultures and world events. In the near future, I hope to improve my cooking abilities by practicing cooking vegetarian and pescatarian entrees and fruit-based desserts; grow a garden with vegetables and herbs and fruit (my ideal-model-garden is the Washington Youth Garden in the National Arboretum in DC, where I worked a few summers ago); learn the Indian philosophies enlivening yoga and practice physical poses of yoga; and running a half-marathon would be really cool too. I’m also going to be studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia next semester, which I’m really excited about. I’m looking forward to experiencing Australia– living its way-of-life, exploring Sydney and Melbourne, and hopefully learning how to surf!

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Curb Scholar Blog: From Inspiration to Creation

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Jonathan Tari.

The deliberate creation of original and organic ideas has never been an easy task. Yet that is what we are here to do at Curb. We are given as many stimuli as possible, taken to some of the farthest, most secluded parts of the landscape, with no purpose at all—simply to get ideas. When no ideas come, we go somewhere else, talk to other people, converse among ourselves, do another brainstorming activity—anything for that spark, that itch, which we can turn into a project, an initiative, a cause.

That’s the premise. Welcome to Curb.

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Curb Scholar Blog: Finding a Career Path in Music

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Megan Wei.

The beginning of sophomore year has expanded my musical world tenfold compared to the indecisiveness of last year. Throughout this semester, I have taken Intro to Composition, Computer Recording, and other aural performing classes that have allowed my perspective on music school to change for the better. It is not necessarily the quality of courses that have improved, but rather my intensity in approaching musical composition as not only an art, but also a craft and lifestyle. Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: Truth and Beauty

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Lucy Rahner.

“The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.”      – D.H. Lawrence

Though I love serendipity, I’ve also always been a relatively practical person, set on having purpose and meaning behind my larger actions. I think this is a blessing for the most part, but there’s always been a danger of letting that preoccupation with meaning lead into an obsession with function, something only spurred on and inflated by a society that relies on and works in terms of measured results. Read More