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Spring 2013 Schedule

I’m just going to limit myself to 6 words about each of my classes because otherwise I would go on and on for the rest of eternity. 

Introduction to Cell Biology with Amy McClellan: Cells, cells, cells, golgi bodies, biochem, cytoplasm! 

Medieval Virginity with Stephan Higa: Medieval history fun! Sexuality and gender! 

Developmental Psychology After the Grand Theories with David Anderegg: Freud! Piaget! Babies, Children, angsty teens! 

Ethnobotany with Valerie Imbruce: People, plants, eating, medicine, spirituality, wow. 

Dance on Film with Terry Creach: Ballet! Postmodern dance! Me, attempting film critique. (…Sorry, that was 7. This is really hard)

FWT was a delightful, snow-filled, herbal blur! This winter I spent seven packed weeks in Boston working with a pretty kick-ass Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist (who is actually the mother of a current Benningtonite!), learning all about the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine and the ways it’s becoming integrated into the modern world. I was surprised to learn that less than 10 years ago, Acupuncture was a pretty big stigma in the world of Biomedicine. You’d likely never hear an M.D or R.N recommending acupuncture treatments to help alleviate pain, and health insurance companies certainly didn’t cover them. Over FWT, I was able to shadow Acupuncture students giving treatments to patients at the Boston Medical Center, one of the biggest public hospitals in the city. This was such a neat model of Integrative Medicine, and allowed me to see the possibilities of incorporating alternative modes of healing into more mainstream ones. Another neat aspect of my FWT was getting to work with some of the 700 Chinese Herbs that are out there…700! 700. Chinese herbalists have to memorize the names and five properties of each of these, which pretty much blew my mind. My favorite, so far? Bai shao, or White Peony Root, which is really great for headaches, dizziness, and any sort of blood deficiency.
It feels great to come back here and to be able to reflect on it all with other Bennington folk. There is this wild frenzy of discussing FWTs among the student body which is GREAT. 

FWT was a delightful, snow-filled, herbal blur! This winter I spent seven packed weeks in Boston working with a pretty kick-ass Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist (who is actually the mother of a current Benningtonite!), learning all about the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine and the ways it’s becoming integrated into the modern world. I was surprised to learn that less than 10 years ago, Acupuncture was a pretty big stigma in the world of Biomedicine. You’d likely never hear an M.D or R.N recommending acupuncture treatments to help alleviate pain, and health insurance companies certainly didn’t cover them. Over FWT, I was able to shadow Acupuncture students giving treatments to patients at the Boston Medical Center, one of the biggest public hospitals in the city. This was such a neat model of Integrative Medicine, and allowed me to see the possibilities of incorporating alternative modes of healing into more mainstream ones. Another neat aspect of my FWT was getting to work with some of the 700 Chinese Herbs that are out there…700! 700. Chinese herbalists have to memorize the names and five properties of each of these, which pretty much blew my mind. My favorite, so far? Bai shao, or White Peony Root, which is really great for headaches, dizziness, and any sort of blood deficiency.

It feels great to come back here and to be able to reflect on it all with other Bennington folk. There is this wild frenzy of discussing FWTs among the student body which is GREAT. 

Fall 2012 Schedule

Little late, but just thought I’d share what I’m up to this fall:

The Journey III: The 1860s- Eileen Scully (We create fictitious personas and then write letters responding to different historical events from their perspectives. Woah.)

APA Workshop: Focus: Human Rights: Women and Girls- Liz Coleman, Susie Ibarra (My first CAPA class- I’m loving it so far.)

Reimagining Memory in Biology in Beyond- David Edelman (Who I’m convinced is one of the best human beings I’ve ever met.)

Contemporary African II- Souleymane Badolo (Well, Okay, Solo is obviously also on that list…)

Definitely making this delicious recipe from SmittenKitchen this weekend. Now I just need a good reason…
I’m thinking this Saturday’s Mend and Make will be that reason. Kione Kochi, who started Mend and Make last year, is an incredible crafter, baker, and general diy goddess. Mend and Make is an all day workshop where students can bring in sewing or mending projects and eat delicious baked goods together. Kione provides materials like fabric, thread, and needles, as well as expert assistance and inspiration. I’m thinkin’ this is the perfect time to hem all the skirts I’ve been putting off for months. 

Definitely making this delicious recipe from SmittenKitchen this weekend. Now I just need a good reason…

I’m thinking this Saturday’s Mend and Make will be that reason. Kione Kochi, who started Mend and Make last year, is an incredible crafter, baker, and general diy goddess. Mend and Make is an all day workshop where students can bring in sewing or mending projects and eat delicious baked goods together. Kione provides materials like fabric, thread, and needles, as well as expert assistance and inspiration. I’m thinkin’ this is the perfect time to hem all the skirts I’ve been putting off for months. 

Just sayin’ hi…

Hi guys,

My name is Julia! Thanks for stopping by. I know there isn’t a whole lot to look at, but things are most definitely under construction. Let me know if you want to chat about Bennington, the healing arts, botany, delicious recipes, or some crazy places to look for kooky antiques around here.