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Radcliffe College (Harvard) (English Literature)
The University of California, Berkeley (M.A.Comparative Lit.) (Master's)
Univ. of CA, Berkeley (Ph.D. History) (PhD)
I have loved learning, studying and writing my whole life and have shared this with the college students I have taught for many years. As a student myself I was able to spend several years in Europe which gave personal experience and artistic context to my interests in history and literature.
My experience of teaching has grown well beyond what I knew in my student days as the predominantly lecturing style of teaching. And also since factual information, while important, has rarely been the center of my attention in studying cultural and intellectual history, teaching that engages a student's questioning mind is very important in my approach. I see teaching as a shared experience between teacher and student in which both of us have the opportunity to learn.
My B.A. (magna cum laude) was in English literature, in which I wrote an honors thesis (on William Blake) and my scholarly writing was further developed in my M.A. Comparative Literature thesis (French and English authors) and Ph.D. History thesis (on specific writings of an early 16th century French humanist.) The primary sources for this were in Latin, and I later learned some elementary Greek. One of my scholarly essays is published, but for the most part my time and attention has been focused on doing teaching.
I was totally drawn to the study of history initially as important background material to my study of literature and then as an essential and fascinating way to understand the present better by knowing more about the past. In my Ph.D. I focused on early modern European history with particular interest in the Renaissance and Reformation and later in my teaching career I spent several years at St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M. whose whole program is deeply and at great length built on a knowledge of the classics. (especially Greek, much less attention given the Roman background.) Now the basic history courses being taught have expanded globally, which gives us further opportunity both to compare and connect our lives with others.
I hope that any of you with interests compatible with my own and wanting some help in these specific subjects will contact me. I also have had much experience reading (and grading!) student papers and would enjoy giving you a teacher's response to what, and how, you have written and want to say.
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