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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Breaking the Boundaries of Communication: Professor Daniel Hallin

When then-political science graduate student Daniel Hallin set out to write his final dissertation on public opinion and the Vietnam War, he stumbled upon the budding field that excited and thrilled him. Hallin’s time...

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...

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