graduate school

Today I become a Master

by Anna Blanch on August 15, 2009

Not really. But i do walk across a stage to receive my Master of Arts degree. I earned this one! I know I know very little so whether I deserve it is another story….


There are times when i feel like i’m the party trick, or when people find me impossible to understand, or just exotic, or something to laugh at! It isn’t just the “way” I talk it is often what i say… (when this comes from my friends it is amusing, when it comes from complete stranges, […]


E.Nesbit and the imagination

by Anna Blanch on July 12, 2009

Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) wrote or collaborated on over 60 books about (and for) children as well as a number of collections of short stories and poetry. After Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children (neither wrote for children) and like Carroll she was able to create a […]


An Open Letter to Graduate Students of English and Foreign Languages Sean Murphy on what may become known as Murphy’s law on employment in the Humanities. He doesn’t present a rosy picture but he does present a realistic view. Veritas vos liberabit The State of the Humanities Scott Jaschik’s article from Jan 7, 2009 on […]


Living while being a Graduate Student

by Anna Blanch on January 9, 2009

Strangely enough, or not so much if you are one, LIVING can sometimes seem like something just out of your reach as a graduate Student. Existing feels more like what life looks like – enduring, persevering, struggling. So how we reconcile the demands on our time and energy with a big picture perspective… Hillary Lum […]


This morning I marched. Not the clipped cadence of a march in formation or a raucous demonstration with signs and loud chants and cries, but a free flowing march in silence, prayer, and then progressively friendly smiles and chatter. I am not a big marcher – I have always avoided protests and I am not […]


Photo # 7: Homecoming 2008

by Anna Blanch on November 5, 2008

As Universities all across America celebrate Homecoming I thought I would share an image of my own from this year’s Homecoming bonfire.


The Reference Section and Emerson

by Anna Blanch on September 11, 2007

I thought I had spent alot of time in libraries. I’ve learnt the true meaning of living in the library this week – I’ve left to go to class, sleep and eat and that’s about it. Oh, and I could choose not to leave for the eating part because there are about a dozen vending […]