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Non-Dualism: The Essential Unity of All

By Candice Wang, V Form

“Is there such a thing in this world called ‘paper’? ” Reverend Talcott posed this question one day in her Eastern Religious Thought class as she introduced the concept of non-dualism in Hinduism. Paper is from water, wood, sunlight, nourishing rain, and even the factory workers in the paper mill… This list could continue forever, and in fact, nothing mentioned above is a distinct thing, because each would produce a similar list of components. To explain it from a scientific perspective, all things are constructed from atoms. In other words, they are no more than temporary aggregates of protons, neutrons, and electrons, which all (more…)

Le Magazine De La Résistance

From Dr. Stephen Lynch:  Students in the Advanced French Literature course read two novels (Silence de la Mer and Hiroshima Mon Amour), which dealt with the French Resistance movement during the German occupation of France during WWII.   They created a Resistance Magazine typical of the clandestine magazines of this period.  Each student wrote articles recounting real historical events and original articles and poems that represented the themes and characters from the works we read. (more…)

Crystallographic Restriction Theorem and Molecular Symmetry

By Julie Geng, V Form

Author’s Note: 

As many of my peers and teachers know, I am a big chemistry “nerd”. While I am engrossed in organic synthesis, I aim to broaden my perspective by making the connections between chemistry and other STEM subjects. Interdisciplinary studies are indispensable nowadays, as many scientific breakthroughs are results of the collective efforts of specialists in various interrelated fields.


As exemplified by the copious examples in “Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction” by David Poole, linear (more…)

AP Bio: Three TED Talk Reviews

TED Talk-Allan Savory:

How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change

Reviewed By Torie Shakespeare

Despite feeble statistics demonstrated when viewers hear that “about 2/3 of the world is turning to desert” and fabricated terms like “desertifying”, Savory’s talk still manages to be convincing and inviting. He spins a tale understandable to all and offers a feasible solution to an issue lacking solving strategies. Savory has the audience clinging to his seemingly sublime talk; as it softly escalates, he maintains a powerful stance and one admires his lifelong investment. Interests are piqued because connections are made, but in his quest to (more…)

Why You Should Study or Take Anthropology!

By Dr. Laura Appell-Warren, Director of Global Citizenship

Ever since I graduated from college I have been faced with the challenge of explaining what it is that I do.  When I tell people that my field is anthropology, they almost always say something like this:  “Wow, that is cool, what do you dig up?” or (and this is even worse) “Oh, just like Margaret Mead.”  Now, I am NOT an archeologist so I never dig anything up (well maybe some worms in my new garden in Maine).  And, while Margaret Mead may be a well-known female anthropologist, she is very controversial within the field and I would rather not be associated with her.  Sometimes when I have energy I say that I am a psychological (more…)

Collaboration Ties Us Together With Haiti

By Liz McColloch, French Faculty

DSC04521Our partnership with a Haitian school may seem, on the surface, to be about little more than the generosity of a well-to-do New England boarding school and the needs of a small school in a rural community of a disadvantaged nation.  This assessment may be true at first glance, but the partnership and the work of the Haiti Partnership Committee (HPC) are about much more than philanthropy or even cultural awareness.  For me, the HPC represents a future model of learning, one that will become increasingly relevant as we at St. Mark’s support students who seek to contribute to a globalized world.  The students involved with the (more…)