A baboon chased Assistant Professor of Geography Joel Hartter into the Indian Ocean in South Africa. In Uganda, hippos chewed grass underneath his tent—while he was in it. He has stumbled upon armed poachers, outrun an elephant, and almost died from African Spotted Fever in the worst case doctors had ever seen.
In the travel-writing course that I teach for the UNH summer program in Cambridge, England, we talk a lot about the difference between tourist and traveller, how the first conjures up images of bellowing Americans demanding ice with their Cokes. How the second is a gentler visitor, a guest fuelled with respect for the host culture, a curiosity to learn more.
On an early evening in mid-April, Antoinette Kudoto sings out a rhythm, her lilting voice lifting to a crescendo: "And-one-and-two-and-three-and-four!" Her hands fly above her drum, a blur of motion. She flashes a smile, shoulders bobbing. "Are you ready?" she shouts. Others are joining in now, more than 30 drummers following her every move.
Cory McKenzie's Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant allowed him to complete his first “big” research project: he visited Holy Trinity Monastery in upstate New York to investigate the traditions that kept the Russian Orthodox Church alive during communist persecution in the twentieth century.
Brittany Bressler, from Franklin, Mass., has known that she wanted to be a dentist since middle school. “I went to a ‘kid-friendly’ orthodontist who, in my mind, just performed wonders,” says Bressler. Conversations with her orthodontist drew her into the profession.
There’s a back corner in Dimond Library with a big table where Kerry Murchie, from Portland, Maine, likes to write. Generally she starts at 10 p.m. and continues until around 2 a.m. when the library closes.
For Meghan Howey, UNH Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology, the distant past can yield clues to solving the environmental problems of the present. Howey’s research is driven by a central question: how did humans in the past transform their environment, and what can we learn from them?