Hometown: Ira, Vermont. If you drive through our "downtown" and blink you'll miss it. Even if you don't blink you might miss it.
Undergraduate College: Smith College (We had four different libraries, and the Classics Department was the only Department to still have a lovely semi-private study room in the main library)
Graduate School: UMASS Amherst (where there was one big sky-scraperesque library about which myths are told that it is sinking into the ground or losing bricks due to the weight of the books inside). But they're just myths, right?
The year you started teaching/working @ WUHSMS: 2012
If you were alone for one month and could only bring one book, one movie, and one piece of music, what would you bring?:
Can I bring two books and no movie? What if the books are a trilogy, can that count as one if I find a version all in one volume? I'm currently reading Quicksilver, the first volume of Neal Stephenson's trilogy, the Baroque Cycle, (historical fiction all about Newton and Leibniz, the Royal Society and the Scientific Revolution in the mid 17th and early 18th century). I think I could spend a month reading that, and then re-reading it and getting even more out of it.
As far as the music, I think I'd use a program to smush my favorite Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, and Simon and Garfunkel songs into one long track, declare that one piece of music and then listen to that on repeat.
Since I'll admit to cheating on the books and music, I'll skip the movie.
If you could invite any three people, from any place or time, to dinner, whom would you invite?:
#1 An ancient Roman (of course!). I think Pliny the Elder (pre-Vesuvius eruption) or Pliny the Younger (post-Vesuvius eruption) would be pretty great to talk to. Both were extremely well-educated and thoughtful men, and I'd love to ask all kinds of unanswered questions about the ancient world.
#2 Daniel Shed (or his wife Sarah!), who is a direct ancestor on my grandfather's side of the family. As far as we know, he was born in England in 1596 and his son was the first in his line to emigrate from England to the united states. Daniel would have lived at the end of the English Renaissance, and I think it would be so interesting to talk not only to someone, about where and how they lived in the 1600's, (and if I were speaking to him after his son had immigrated) to find out about life in both England and America in the 1630's or 40's. He might also be able to give me more information about other relatives to add to the family tree.
#3 A descendant from the future. I'd like to meet someone I'm related to who's living 200 years from now. I want to know what life is like then, what technological innovations have been invented, and what my family tree looks like 200 years from now.
What's the best thing you do that almost no one knows about?: I can juggle. I can also cross my eyes by moving one but not the other (however it's hard to do this and juggle at the same time).
What makes WUHSMS a special place?: The wonderful community created by such great staff and students!
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