September 18, 2017
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
A look at how several of our faculty spent their 2017 summer vacations
I participated in a Mediterranean Studies Summer Skills Seminar on Reading Judeo-Spanish/Ladino from 22–26 May, 2017 at CU Boulder, under the direction of Prof. David Bunis, a leading authority on Ladino/Judezmo language and literature. We lodged in Chautauqua Historical Park in Boulder, and ended each day of intensive study with a hike up to the scenic flatirons at 7,000 feet!
This summer, I traveled to Montreal to present two projects at the international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. After my second presentation (on the early modern London Bills of Mortality - ask me about plague and death and networks, I'll talk your ears off), I skipped off a few hours of the conference to hike Mount Royal, the hill that gives Montreal its name. And of course I stopped at the top for an obligatory selfie at the Mount Royal Cross. The first cross was erected in 1643 but this electric cross "only" dates to 1924.
This summer I attended the Second Peaceful Coexistence Colloquium in Pyhä, Finland with fellow members of the Creatures Collective. The Creatures Collective is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, artists, and activists who are working together to contest dominant narratives and practices surrounding the global extinction crisis. After the Colloquium, fellow Creatures and I stayed in the town of Rovaniemi for a working retreat. In one photo, we are seeking inspiration on a tranquil hilltop. In the forest photo, we are celebrating a collaborator’s birthday under the midnight sun. It was truly amazing to watch the sun approach the horizon only to rise again.
Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg
I had a wonderful time in Amsterdam, although I was happy to stay in the Double Tree by the train station, instead of this little hotel I came upon during a bike ride.
I spent most of the summer writing in my backyard (when not chasing rambunctious children). This is Sukie, my summer research assistant.