Name: Lisa Yau
School: Francis Scott Key School
2019 Seminar Enrollment: Modern and Contemporary US Poetry
For the Origami Engineering seminar, I’ve learned that origami, the art of paper-folding, is not just child play and paper cranes. Today, origami is being used as the solution to many technology, medical and engineering problems such as MIT’s ingestible tiny origami bot that can unfold from a capsule to release medicine and patch internal wounds, and NASA’s sunshade that can be unfolded to dampen the sunlight for space telescopes to better detect its orbiting exoplanets.
For the Modern Poetry (MoPo) seminar, I’ve read a variety of poems by modern poets including Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, John Cage, Bernadette Mayer and more. I have gained a greater sense of content knowledge about modern contemporary and how to teach poetry in a more democratic approach when conducting a close reading.
For the Modern Essay seminar, I have learned how to be a better writer and a better teacher of writing. Each participant read a large number of essays from The Norton Reader, and also wrote a 1500+ word personal essay with a debatable public point.