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Behind the Lectern

Behind the Lectern is a features column written by a different writer each week. We aim to show a different side to the professors you know and love, or perhaps don't know after all.

The Plight of the College Student

“Art is everywhere in our terribly visual culture. You don’t have to study art. You’re living it.” –Professor Norman Bryson Professor Norman Bryson stands out in more ways than one. As a lecturer, he is...

Professor Paul Pickowicz – Thirty Steps to the Front

Out of the hundreds of students in his lecture at a small Western Massachusetts college, Paul Pickowicz sat toward the back. He was a quiet student, barely noticeable among the bustling crowds that would...

Mary McKay – Training the Next Generation of Leaders

At 14 years old, when most teenage girls were preoccupied with other engagements, a young Professor Mary McKay began to work. Her intellectual restlessness and love for change has driven her to become a...

Mia Minnes: Mathematician and Computer Scientist Extraordinaire

It is a wet day. I sit on the bright red couch in computer science professor Mia Minnes’ room, warming up from the weather outside. As she walks her previous guest out, I stare...

Leaving the American Sector: Professor William O’Brien

Tucked away at the end of a third-floor hallway in the literature building, you’ll come across a curious door. Plastered over it are mid-century publications, most in German, dealing with a variety of subject...

Eliot Wirshbo – UCSD’s Latin Teacher

Eliot Wirshbo was born on a cold evening in Brooklyn during a record-setting snowstorm. When he was two years old his parents moved to the Bronx, where Wirshbo attended high school and later Hunter...

Behind the Lectern: What the Science — Profanity and the Brain

Profanity, talking while driving, how the mind computes words and grammar — these are just some of the topics Benjamin Bergen, professor at the UCSD department of cognitive science and director of the Language...

Behind the Lectern: Disappearing Disciplines — Fight for the Humanities

Mel Freilicher is a published author and a lecturer in the literature department at UCSD. He is originally from Yonkers, New York and recalls growing up in a school atmosphere that he describes as...

Behind the Lectern: Professor Geoffrey W. Cook – Just Call Me Geoff

"when I first started teaching when I was a graduate student it seemed totally natural. There was some apprehension but when you love what you are talking about it is really easy.” On the first...

Behind the Lectern: Professor Vanessa Ribas – Studying Sociology in the Wild

Among the books lining the office of Vanesa Ribas, a sociology professor here at UCSD,  is one of her own, entitled “On the Line: The Working Lives of Latinos and African-Americans in the New...