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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: 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...

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: Stephen Potts – A Journey to Middle Earth

As a herd of students files into WLH 2111, it isn’t obvious who this class is meant for, as literature majors take their places next to pink-haired punks and electrical engineers. However, at 2...

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...

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: 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...

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: 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...

Professor Scott Klemmer: At the Head of a Growing Field

Highly respected as a research university, UC San Diego has not had any trouble bringing pioneers in various fields of research into the fold. One such professor in the cognitive science department has quite...

The Professor Who Fought Border Patrol with Poetry

As a professor his passion for art is evident through his lectures, delivered with a loud booming voice which resonates throughout the lecture hall. His dedication and genuine affection for performance art is contagious...