Vol. 2 / Fall 2011

Call for Papers

Commonplaces is dedicated to publishing writing produced in any courses across the College taken by Davidson students in their first year. We invite writers to submit work produced during the 2016-2017 academic year to be considered for publication in the 2017 issue. We seek academic and intellectual writing of any length that demonstrates a commitment to understanding and its expression, and encourage submissions from the full range of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Submission Guidelines


Van E. Hillard, College Writing Program


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The Conscience as Justice: Guilt in The Oresteia

Sarah Gustafson

Sarah Gustafson (class of 2014) is from Wilton, Connecticut. Though Sarah has not yet declared a major, she hopes that her academic career will reflect and incorporate her love of ancient and modern languages and literature and also international studies. This past summer, with a national grant from the Sons of Italy Foundation, she studied in Italy to further these passions. A Belk Scholar, outside the classroom, Sarah is a Chidsey Leadership Fellow, 2011 Chair of the Student Government Elections Council, a CatsConnect Mentor, a 2011 Orientation Team Member, and lifelong ballerina. Her writing has been included in Davidson Collects: One Hundred Writers Respond to Art. She was also honored as a U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar in 2010. Sarah is an enthusiastic student in the Humanities Program in Western Civilization. Her essay was written for Professor Hansford Epes’s Humanities 150.

Communism and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1930s

Jessica Barrick

Jessie Barrick (class of 2014) is from Hillsborough, North Carolina. She has not declared her major yet but plans to pursue her study of physics and Spanish. Jessie’s interest in the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and Communism arose after reading Richard Wright’s novel Native Son in the eleventh grade. Her essay was written for Professor Wertheimer’s History 142: U.S. History since 1877.

Al-Farabi’s Critique of Kalam

Amos McCandless

Amos McCandless (class of 2014) is a Theatre major from Concord, New Hampshire. He is interested in both the performance and technical aspects of theatre and plans on pursuing a career in one of those concentrations. In addition to theatre, Amos enjoys reading, writing, and hiking. Amos’ work was produced for Professor Peter Ahrensdorf’s Political Science 209: Medieval Political Theory.

Slave Spirituals: History and Activism

Katie Wells

Katie Wells (class of 2014) hails from Flat Rock in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  During her first year at Davidson, she discovered a passion for studying Chinese culture.  In pursuit of this interest, Katie spent eight weeks this summer immersed in the language at Middlebury College Chinese Language School in Vermont.  She hopes to major in East Asian Studies or Anthropology.  Katie’s essay was written for Professor Nancy Fairley’s Anthropology 205: Ethnic Relations class.

Things Are So Much Better Now: An Analysis of Topoi of Degree in John McWhorter’s Losing the Race

Cameron Privott

Cameron Privott (class of 2014)is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Although he has yet to declare a major, he is almost certain that he will major in Biology with the intention of one day attending dental school. This year, Cameron is a resident advisor, a member of the Davidson College Elections Council, and the secretary of the College Republicans. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with friends. Cameron’s work was produced in Professor Van E. Hillard’s Writing 101: American Racisms.

A Gentleman’s Duty: The Acquittal of Lizzie Borden

Christine Noah

Christine Noah (class of 2014) is from Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently undecided on a major, but would like to pursue some combination of English and Theatre studies through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She loves writing, especially creative nonfiction, and would like to eventually have a career in dramatic criticism or dramaturgical studies. At Davidson, she is an active participant in the theatre department’s productions, a chemistry lab teaching assistant, a Writing Center tutor, and co-editor of the campus literary magazine Exit 30. Christine’s work comes from Professor Cynthia Lewis’ Writing 101: True Crime.

The Limits of T.S. Eliot’s Critical Theory of Reading

Myles Teasley

Myles Teasley (class of 2014) is from Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. His academic interests include writing, literature, and the social sciences; he hopes to major in Political Science with a concentration in Middle East Studies. He hopes to work on Capitol Hill and study abroad in the Middle East before graduation. His extracurricular activities include two years on the Student Government Association, serving on the Academic Policy and Bylaws Committee, as well as being active with Admissions Office programs, and repeated attempts to start a Men’s Club Volleyball Team. Other interests include creative writing, music, beaches, and going to the movies. Myles’ work comes from Professor Suzanne Churchill’s English 220: Literary Analysis.

Ecotourism: The Challenges of a Growing Industry

Ashley Parker

Ashley Parker (class of 2014) is from Rhode Island and plans to major in Biology and minor in French.  She is looking forward to studying abroad in France during her time at Davidson.  Ashley is co-president of the Equestrian Team, as well as a member of Methodist College Fellowship, French Club, and Food Club.  Her work was written for Dr. Helen Cho’s ANT 271: Human Ecology.