Author Archives: hayliebswenson

About hayliebswenson

PhD Candidate at The George Washington University, specializing in animals and ecologies across medieval, early modern, and contemporary texts. Currently working on my dissertation, "Precarious Intimacy: Humans and Animals at the Margins of Life," and on Philia: a podcast about the personal passions behind academic work.

A Haiku About Having a Cold at a Scholarly Event, Written While Sitting at the Registration Table

Lozenge consuming Suppressing coughs and sneezes Thank God for Twitter (Follow the inspiring happenings of the GW Digital Humanities Symposium, “Disrupting DH,”  on Twitter at #GWDH15)

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The Proust Questionnaire (aka Tina Fey and Friends)

I really want to blog about this exhibit, which I saw yesterday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. But I’ve been up sick since 3am and – probably because there’s a storm coming soon – I swear it keeps getting darker, … Continue reading

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New Year

My first few drafts of this post began with laborious descriptions of the exact contours of my passionate belief in resolutions, but I nixed it. Instead: I have a vivid image of the kind of person/scholar I want to be … Continue reading

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This Mo(u)rning

Last night I held a mouse while it died. I had just shooed away a menacing cat outside our local library, and not for the first time, either. A few months ago I rescued a sparrow from this same cat, carrying … Continue reading

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A Mantra for Right Now

“Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the … Continue reading

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Happy International Hug a Medievalist Day

What a lovely day this is. Hugs to all.  

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Lions and Tigers and Saying Goodbye

Update! My dear friend Kathayoon Khalil, a zoo evaluator and PhD candidate at Stanford, just posted an article on Slate about her own experience at OZ. It’s beautiful and frank and well worth your time.  A few days ago my … Continue reading

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