Diana Cater (’13) On Science, Magic, and the Wonders of NUCL


Diana Cater (’13, above) and Blaine Eldredge (’13) recently presented at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature at the University of Portland. This annual conference is highly selective, so we’re especially proud that they were both able to represent Whitworth. Diana also presented her paper at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference last month.

Diana on Diana: “Diana cater is majoring in Biology and English. She thinks science and literature have fascinating things to say about doubt and our ability to understand the world around us, and wrote a paper to that effect. Lately, she’s been hanging out with tortoises, reading comic books, and co-parenting a pot of tulips with Michael Schmidt.”

Diana on NUCL: “Whenever I write a research paper, I have nagging doubts that anyone will be interested in my ideas other than me. Literature conferences always prove me wrong. At NUCL, I was so impressed by the audience’s ability to engage in topics that were perhaps previously unfamiliar—to ask questions, make connections, and expand ideas and concepts. My panel had papers about science and magic (basically the same things), and it was amazing to see how the audience found themes and connections among our topics. We ended up having a wonderful conversation about faith, doubt, and the ethics of living in a world where nothing is certain. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming either, but it was truly fascinating discussion. If we weren’t kicked out of the classroom, we probably could have kept talking for another hour. To me, that’s really encouraging. There are curious people out there, unafraid of engaging in new ideas.”

Diana recently sent us this dispatch about the experience

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