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Vol. 4 / Fall 2013

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


Commonplaces is an annual publication of the Davidson College Writing Program.
©Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

Subverting Sex: An Analysis of Gender in Jean Giraudoux’s Sodome et Gomorrhe

Dylan Goodman

Dylan Goodman (class of 2016) calls Raleigh, North Carolina his home. Though he is currently undecided about his major, he is passionate about theatre, social change, international affairs, literature, history, and sex—academically speaking, of course. This past summer he interned at Playmakers Repertory Company, assisting with a youth production of Sweeney Todd. He would like to dedicate this publication to his family and to the historical agency of storytelling. Dylan’s essay was written for Dr. Tilburg’s History 228: The Making of the Modern Body; Gender, Sex, and Politics in France.

The Self: Merely a Social Construct

Jessica Gronniger

Jessica Gronniger (class of 2016) is from Guatemala City, Guatemala. An undeclared biology major, she hopes to pursue a career in scientific research. This past summer she worked in a synthetic biology lab on campus. Her spare time is spent volunteering at the Cornelius animal shelter and seeking random adventures around town on her dilapidated mountain bike. Her essay was written for Dr. Robb’s Writing 101 class: Eastern and Western Conceptions of the Self.

Diction Addiction: The Drug of Language in “Sonny’s Blues”

Emily Rapport

Emily Rapport (class of 2016) is from Columbus, Ohio. She plans to declare an English major. Emily is the chair of Dinner at Davidson, a student leader of the Eliminate Digital Divides project, a class senator, a writing center tutor, and a member of Warner Hall Eating House. Emily spent the past summer living in Charlotte with the Davidson Education Scholars program and is passionate about community-based education. Her essay was written for Professor Zoran Kuzmanovich’s English 220: Literary Analysis.

The Asian Jew: Defying Cultural Norms in the United States

Hannah Joy Sachs

Hannah Joy Sachs (class of 2016) grew up in Westchester County, New York. She was adopted from China at five months of age and has developed a keen interest in connecting her Chinese and Jewish identities. She has yet to declare a major but hopes to focus on diaspora studies through the Center. At Davidson, Hannah is an active member of Hillel, ACAA, and Adopt a Grandparent. She is also a STRIDE mentor, a member of the 2013 Orientation Team, and Turner House. In addition, she started a Charlotte-based mentorship program for children adopted from China. This summer, Hannah spent 10 weeks in Thailand, Burma, and Laos traveling and working with a company that leads high school student service and cultural immersion trips across SE Asia. In her spare time, Hannah loves horseback riding, reading and learning about ethnic minorities and marginalized peoples, traveling, and photography. This piece was written for Dr. Marti’s sociology class on Race and Ethnic Relations.

High School Wrestlers, NBA Owners, and the Long Road Towards Gender Equality in Sports

Will McDuffie

Will McDuffie (class of 2016) is from New York, NY. Although he has not yet declared a major, he is considering English. This past summer he interned at PBS-TV’s “Charlie Rose Show” in New York City. At Davidson, he is a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a Cats Connect Mentor. Will wrote his paper for Dr. Fackler’s Writing 101: Thinking Girls, Thinking Boys.

Repetition and Silence: Responses to Godbole’s Song

Haley Rhodes

Haley Rhodes (class of 2016) is from Bedford, MA, a suburb of Boston. Haley plans to study public health and Spanish while at Davidson. She is passionate about healthcare and youth empowerment, and she loves to learn about new cultures. At Davidson, Haley is a member of the Honor Council, is a Chidsey Fellow, tutors at the Ada Jenkins Community Center, and is a Young Life/College Life leader. Haley’s paper was written for Dr. Berkey and Dr. Denham’s Humanities 160: Cultures and Civilizations course.