Posted on: October 6th, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog post was written by Tony Maina.
I felt very good about coming back to Vanderbilt for my sophomore year. I spent a great deal of time during my freshman year adjusting to the various academic challenges while still trying to exercise a social life. I now feel like I have a much better understanding of how to thrive here at Vanderbilt and I’m looking forward to a good year.
During the summer though, I went back to my home country of Kenya and established a startup. This would have to rank as one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life but also one of the most enjoyable. In taking this challenge on, I teamed up with two of my best friends with whom I went to high school. We were united by our one desire to do something great and have an impact by implementing a socially-conscious business.
Posted on: September 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog post was written by Austin Channell.
The college transition hasn’t been quite what I expected. Throughout high school, academic success came to me with little to no extra effort. However, once I arrived at Vanderbilt and started taking tests, I found this to no longer be the case. Academics have begun to feel like an uphill battle. While the academic rigor was a reason for my choosing Vanderbilt, the severity of the challenges I have faced was not fully anticipated. Read More
Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog post was written by Ben Knight.
At the end of this past summer, I completed my first full project with Curb. I had done a few small things around campus and worked in groups to generate ideas, but I hadn’t finished a full-scale creative service project until about three months ago. The project was to create a video that would preview the HOD 1700 course. Read More
Posted on: September 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog post was written by Rachel Anand.
For opening retreat, Mr. John Bielenberg gave us the prompt “Utopia” as part of his “Ingenuity Blitz” program. After doing a “Think Wrong” exercise, where we took a word we were given and linked it everything our minds related to it, our team randomly selected two words from the favorites chosen from the exercise. Our team, composed of April, Sawyer, Austin, Ben and myself, got “Bridge” and “Yes Please!”. Using these words, it was our job to come up with a project relating them to the Utopian theme. Read More
Posted on: September 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog post was written by Grace Cowan.
Surprisingly the beginning of the semester has been very busy. During the opening retreat, my group created a project called “DUMBphone” to bring attention to the overuse of smartphones. During our Curb sessions, we presented our idea to the rest of the scholars and received their feedback. Read More
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
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
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.
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.
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…