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Read at your own risk. Writing isn't my
strongest talent, but some of the pieces I have written aren't so bad! I
know that I write long sentences, very complex sentences in fact (And if you
have ever communicated with me via email, you know that I overuse statements
swallowed in parentheses). I'm working on increasing clarity, decreasing
gobbledigook, and improving syntax. Unfortunately, self-improvement in this
realm will take me awhile.
These essays are the culmination of my undergraduate work in the history of
science. You can view them in .pdf form. I welcome all comments!
Making Harvard’s Glass
Flowers: the Interface of Botany, Gender, and Artistic Virtuosity in America
investigates the history of Harvard’s well-known Glass Flowers exhibit, in
an effort to understand how the interaction of professional goals and
cultural values came to affect the structure of the exhibit in its final
form. Commissioned from 1886 to 1936 by Botanical Museum Director George
Lincoln Goodale, the exhibit instructed the public in evolutionary theory
and the economic uses of plants. At the same time, the exhibit drew upon the
values, educational styles, and interests of women, particularly those of
the two women who funded the collection, Elizabeth and Mary Ware.
Ultimately, the increasing visitors who flocked to the collection claimed it
as an example of artistic virtuosity, subordinating many of the exhibit’s
original goals. Revisiting the Glass Flowers in these contexts allows us to
understand how the meanings of objects of natural history are fundamentally
constructed by the intellectual goals, the cultural climate, and the
interpretations to which they are linked.
Ware, Blaschka, Glass
Flowers, Harvard, George
Lincoln Goodale, Women and Botany
Blood Poisoning Made Benign?
Making Sense of Compulsory Vaccination, Governmental Input, and the
Individual (240k file)
This paper examines vaccine regulations and
anti-vaccination movements over the past century in Massachusetts. The
overarching theme in these movements is how compulsory vaccination forced
Americans into allopathic health care. Even though vaccination carried
legitimate medical dangers, government action defined it as the only
legitimate form of medical prevention. The government additionally turned
vaccination into a healthcare system for immigrants and the poor, and it
demanded vaccination at the expense of individual choice without
governmental liability. These effects in turn widened the anti-vaccination
movement and contributed to the methods by which objectors now address
The Harvard Independent
Some of my undergraduate writing is here to stay in the halls
of Canaday - and on the web. Not my best work, but I never said I was a good
writer (see above) :-) And sorry folks, if you want to read you've got to
register for the site. But it only takes a minute.
An untitled poem,
written in April of 2005
And so, through this new spy’s glass
I see it,
Pale blue, translucent,
A life’s happiness.
Autumn leaves and ice cold then:
Led me to Your fire—You,
having passed spring’s buds
Remained just as fragrant,
Warm rays against chilled flesh,
the flame now smokes as coiled wire,
tires to a fade,
tries to expire.
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