Kyhl Lyndgaard - Writing
On teaching at Marlboro
Many colleges and universities now use the word “interdisciplinary” as a marketing buzzword to emphasize their responsiveness to a rapidly evolving world. But in reality they are unable to overcome decades of specialization in the way different disciplines teach and how departments are constructed. When I saw the titles of recent Marlboro course offerings and student plans, I was amazed at how diverse and vibrant the academics were. My initial pleasure in learning about Marlboro gave rise to a strong desire to be amidst those catalog listings—this was a chance to challenge disciplinary boundaries on a daily basis and join a community that is built around flexibility of inquiry. It’s wonderful to tell people I do writing and environmental studies, and have the reaction be one of interest rather than confusion.