When history professor Magnus Bernhardsson was asked to serve as the college’s Gaudino Scholar in 2011, the Arab Spring was in its early days. “I was impressed with the lengths to which young people were willing to put themselves in danger to implement change,” he says. Working to shape opportunities for experiential education and uncomfortable learning for the campus community in his new role, he saw great potential for the interdisciplinary study of danger.
Samantha Murray ’14 had never before set foot on a farm. Yet at one point over the summer, the beach loving, Southern California native found herself in a field, facing down 50 sheep who’d come barreling over a hill in her direction.
Admittedly, it’s a mouthful: Packera insulae-regalis. Especially considering that most people—including botanists—will call this new plant species by the simpler Isle Royale Ragwort, named for its home on the far side of Michigan’s Lake Superior.
It’s one thing to read a poem by Langston Hughes. It’s quite another to hold an inscribed, first edition of his work—one with a signed birthday card or personal note from him tucked into the pages.
When the U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in history at the Royal Exchange Building in New York City on Feb. 2, 1790, it was a sorry scene, and even the justices knew it.