The proposer will use the New Directions Initiative to support a portion of a larger project she intends to pursue during a sabbatical year, and time beyond that year. Her career has so far been largely about service to the institution and college-bound scholarly activities that support the College's mission. She intends, now, to change her career direction and engage in what are, for her, the new challenges of doing scholarly work intended to reach beyond the boundaries of Earlham's campus. This scholarship aims to explore and recount the use by and influence of Adrienne Rich's life and work, on the many humans, including the proposer, for whom Rich became a virtual partner in analyzing, visioning, and living ethical and progressive lives. The proposer will need to develop new competencies in primarily Social Science understandings of Public Intellectuals. She will also need to learn the techniques and methods of Oral History in order to gather data from individuals-- academics and everyday people - who have been influenced by Rich's work. The proposer asks for a Summer Stipend to support the studying she needs to do, tuition for an e-workshop concerning Oral History techniques, and travel and equipment support for interviewing. It is clear that this project, while primarily driven by the proposer's new pursuit of the scholar part of scholar/teacher, and her re-viewing of her career goals, will ultimately find its way back into course design and student engagement.