“I was born with this idea that I wanted to be an artist, because I wanted to understand what it means to be a human,” says Karole Armitage RI '16. “What it means to be alive.” She chose to write on the air with her body—and this is how she comes to know her place in the world.
Every year, the Academic Ventures program at the Institute convenes 35 private workshops and seminars to advance early-stage knowledge across disciplines and even continents. At this workshop, infectious disease experts connected on Africa-based initiatives.
In his three novels and two collections of short stories, Peter Behrens RI ’16 plumbs his family’s history in Canada, England, Germany, and Ireland. What drives him, however, is not what he knows about his family but what he doesn’t know: “The only way I know to learn what I don’t know is through fiction.”
Maryanne Kowaleski’s challenge as a historian is to bring coastal England in the heart of the Middle Ages into focus so that it can be seen as brightly as the well-documented maritime 17th century and beyond.
Claudia Escobar RI '16, a former justice in Guatemala and now a Scholar at Risk at Harvard, says that a lack of judicial independence creates fertile ground for corruption.