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2014 Alternative Fall Break on Food and Interfaith Dialogue

This Fall Break, a group of Duke students chose to pursue an alternative Fall Break, investigating t […]

In Search of Magic


Remembering the parts of our world that have been forgotten.

Meandering through Water Issues in Asheville

A portion of the Catawba Falls

I ended my two weekends in Asheville with some interesting ideas about water sustainability in business practices, as well as some great memories of outdoor adventures and the beautiful Fall colors.

Birding in North Carolina

American Oystercatcher, Rachel Carson National Estuarine Reserve, Beaufort, NC

The pieces of geography enclosed within NC borders act like a crossroads for virtually all of Eastern North America's major eco-regions—perfect for assembling an impressively diverse list of bird species.

An Immersion Education of the Oil and Gas Industry


This year, instead of heading to east to the coast, or west to the Blue Ridge highway for my fall break, I flew to Houston to participate in the Hydrocarbons field trip led by Professor Lincoln Pratson. Instead of being surrounded by wilderness, I was deep within the concrete jungle and engineering marvel that is the oil and natural gas industry.

Adieu, Romaine


As Hydro-Quebec, the corporation behind Northern Pass, works to dam Quebec’s Romaine River, three kayakers paddle it for the last time in its natural state. The power in the water is evident; what’s not clear is how Quebec’s push for hydropower dominance makes economic, social or environmental sense.

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