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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.

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: 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: 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: 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...

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...

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: 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: 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...

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...

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...