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Ryan Shirey

Director of the Writing Center and Associate Teaching Professor, Writing Program Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? I’m doing less reading than I would like, but that’s what summer is for! I have been enjoying Stephen Fry’s “Mythos” series about Greek mythology (Mythos and Heroes) […]

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Patricia Dixon

Retired Professor, Music Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? I am reading “A Supreme Question A Comparison of Religion and Science on the Meaning of God” by Lee Richey. I am enjoying this book so much because I didn’t know that one of my classmates […]

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Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Professor, Department for the Study of Religions Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? To understand more about these emerging diseases, I just had to read Osterholm and Olshaker’s Deadliest Enemy. Who knew that MERS was transmitted by camels who became carriers by eating the same […]

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Saylor Breckenridge

Associate Professor of Sociology Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? I return to old favorites to ground me in a different frame of mind. I have an ancient paperback copy of The Portable Dorothy Parker, which is a collection of her short fiction, poetry, social […]

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Barry Trachtenberg

Associate Professor of History Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? It’s funny that Emily Austin turned to Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, because just a few days ago, my 5 year old asked me out of nowhere what that green book […]

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Jessica Richard

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? At first I had a hard time concentrating on reading books while tracking news and university developments constantly, which felt like yet another loss. But I listen to audiobooks while I run, […]

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Emily Austin

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Bitove Family Faculty Fellow Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? Like a lot of people, I’ve revisited Love in the Time of Cholera. So many marvelous sentences and yet almost nothing happens. I’ve also spent a lot of time trying to […]

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Aimee Mepham

Humanities Institute Assistant Director Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? Three books I’ve just finished: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. A Christian missionary travels to another planet to minister to an alien race. He receives letters from his wife back on […]

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Dean Franco

Humanities Institute Director and Professor of English Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? William James, for pluralism, Moby Dick for Ishmael’s equanimity, Deleuze (the book on Bergson) for slowing down time, and Arendt and Gramsci because revolution. How about music? Films? All the LPs. Mid-century […]

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Omaar Hena

Associate Professor of English Are you reading anything that’s giving you insight or useful and usable distraction at this point? Before I answer this, I feel like I need to say that my wife is a nurse and has already looked after several COVID-positive patients. And her hospital in Greensboro is in the process of […]

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