Learning Across Boundaries (LABs)

Notions Of Identity Through Art, Writing, And The Digital

June/July 2018

A Summer LAB led by Professors Diana Chester and Heidi Stalla

This LAB invites students to participate in a series of creative writing and digital media workshops in a century-old summer “camp” in Northport, Maine.  Participants are invited to reflect on notions of identity while experiencing the local vibe of a small, artsy, seaside village during the week of July 4th, America’s Independence Day.  The LAB will provide an opportunity for students to experience small-town America at a moment in time when the country is steeped in heated debates about immigration policy, racial diversity, social identities, and ultimately what it means to be American.

Besides intensive workshops, activities will include engaging with local artists; trips to museums; pulling traps on lobster boats; and hiking in the Camden Hills.

DATES: Saturday, 30 June 2018 – Sunday, 8 July 2018

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students will cover their own airfare to and from the port of entry where the group will convene, and then travel to Maine together. This is to enable students to travel to Maine from whatever geographical location they are in mid-summer. Upon selection of LAB participants, need and merit based financial assistance to mitigate these costs will be made available through a LAB financial assistance application process. Please come talk to CIPE about any concerns or needs you may have. We will work with every student to ensure that finances are not a burden if you wish to participate.

*More information on co-pays in conjunction with the above costs of travel will be available soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Annette Wu at annette.wu@yale-nus.edu.sg.


Application for this LAB is closed.

Applicants will hear back in the week starting March 5, 2018.



The course dovetails with notions of identity studied across the common curriculum, and is designed to provide students with new ways of looking, and writing about evidence that they can apply to all future courses. Like other co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives designed by the Writers’ Centre, the course provides an opportunity for students to learn, name, and practice fundamental writing and critical thinking skills that sometimes are missed in the absence of a college-wide expository writing course.



Students will develop unique narratives about their own identities and cultures that will be expressed in at least three different forms, including a polished written piece; a work of visual art; and a digital project.

At the end of the LAB, students will put together an edited collection of their work from the week.

Possible End Products:

  • Expository Essay (New Yorker style)
  • Children’s Book
  • Visual Art Piece
  • Digital Media Composition