Where a Geneticist Can Teach 'Gilgamesh'

One sunny day shortly after the start of the fall term, Robert M. Dawley was preparing to spend the afternoon tutoring two students on how to measure the DNA content in the cells of tadpoles.

But first he walked briskly out of his building and over to a small lounge with white cinder-block walls, stretched out on the carpeted floor, his head propped up on a bent arm, and asked a small class of bright-eyed freshmen sitting along the walls to reflect on Gilgamesh, the world’s oldest-known epic poem. —Burton BollagWhere a Geneticist Can Teach ‘Gilgamesh’ (Chronicle)