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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.

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...

Behind the Lectern: Analyzing the Zombie Apocalypse

"instead of this nonsense why don't you give me some of your data to play with, and if I haven't done something cool by the end of the day, we'll go our separate ways.” Zombie...

Behind the Lectern: Dr. Boyle, Rolling Stone

“Where am I from?... I told you that was a hard question,” Mary Boyle, a professor in the cognitive science department, laughed, as she dove into a two-and-a-half hour conversation about her past. Just...

Behind the Lectern: Cabrales de Colombia

Professor Pedro Cabrales moved from the small town of Ocaña, Colombia to the larger city of Bogotá at the age of 14, after his father was kidnapped and murdered. He passed this fact along...

Behind the Lectern: Deborah Hertz – Making History Present

Professor Hertz’s office is lined with books on German, Jewish and modern European history. The only gap in her office is a space for her desk, which just so happens to be outlined with...

Behind the Lectern: Cristina Rivera-Garza – How to Write

Perhaps it is Professor Cristina Rivera-Garza’s unconventional philosophy toward writing that makes her one of the most prolific Mexican writers of her generation. The award-winning author of six novels, three short-story collections, five collections...

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