Curiosity has driven me throughout my life. Sometimes I incorrectly believed that it was academic accomplishment or titles, however, after a later-in-life chance to finally pursue the dreamed-of degrees, I realized the truth. I found that the elation experienced during research trips and in finding those “aha” books and citations quickly fizzled when I realized that the written work would ultimately be constructed in a way (and filed in a way) in which the things I had learned would be largely unnoticed and quickly forgotten. Despite what they say about only children, I found that what was important to me was SHARING these lovely little gems and tidbits of information with others. (Which isn’t to say that I don’t have some of those “only child” traits, but, we won’t mention those… This is MY site after all! :P) I kept telling myself I’d do it “after the formal coursework” was done. Or “after someone gives me feedback.” Uh, huh. If you’ve ever written a paper, let alone a thesis, you know how naive that is. So, here I am. Many years after even casual research on the Three Musketeers was published in a theatre programme in England, finally committing myself to not let the things I’ve learned fizzle out into obscurity. It may still, of course, but no one can say I didn’t try….
After years of personal research that has been largely relegated only to academic archives, I’ve decided to do what I love most – SHARE what I have learned. In 2019, I graduated with my M.A. in American Culture/Liberal Studies from the University of Michigan at Flint. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in the History Honors undergraduate program from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2015.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been welcomed by both of these educational institutions. I’m a first-gen, non-traditional student who got a very late start due to severe child abuse throughout my first two decades of life. I can assure you, it’s never too late to enjoy your journey!
My undergraduate study focused on Caroline Earle White, one of the first three to found an animal humane society in the United States (the first woman) and the first to found an anti-vivisection society. When all was said and done, I had one hundred pages of a “book” written about her, but it was hardly user friendly and a lack of audience for publishing caused me to lose steam. Now, however, my drive to share information on this amazing woman has returned.
My graduate studies focused on the works of Robert Conly – better known as Robert C. O’Brien, and best known for his book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. My thesis examined all of his novels as a reflection of scientific and technological anxieties in the 1960s. Not a luddite, Conly was concerned about ethics and the human-factor in these arenas, not any irrational fear of science or technology itself.
As a result of both of these interests, I have gathered an interesting array of knowledge on ethics in science from the late nineteenth century through just over the mid-point of the twentieth.