Below is a poem written by Tim Koechlin; the Director of Vassar’s International Studies Program, a participant in Vassar’s Urban Studies and Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) Programs, and a devout and enthusiastic multidisciplinarian. The opinions expressed here—foot by foot—are his own.
We engage history, mathematics and art
bell hooks, Kuhn and Things Fall Apart.
Got a canon? Just name it.
In class, we’ll reframe it,
With our head, with our hand, with our heart.
We study order, contradiction, precarity,
Climate change, economic disparity.
We expect consternation,
And rich conversation.
That’s how we do multidisciplinarity.