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February 23rd, 2012
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How cool is that?
Back in my college days in the late eighties, I wasn't particularly concerned about my GPA. I generally worked hard on my classes, but I didn't always select them with an eye to easy grades. A 300 level course in the Old Testament and a 400 level course on American Colonial History, both taken as electives when I could have taken underwater basket weaving, were the most egregious examples.
Tonight I was watching a program about George Washington on the History Channel, and recalled that the professor in the aforementioned history class was a specialist on Washington. I was then pleasantly surprised to see him appear on the program. Go, GMU!
If you should have the urge to read up on ole GW, may I recommend the works of Dr. Peter Henriques, Professor of History, Emeritus, George Mason University.
I also had a class with James Trefil, who has written many, many books about making science accessible, as well as the whole cosmology section of An Incomplete Education.
My most famous professor of all was Vasily Aksyonov, one of the most popular living poets in Russia as well as the author of a couple American best sellers. I used to get mad cred from that one when I lived in Moscow.

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From:dulcevox
Date:February 24th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
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That's pretty awesome. I always love seeing GMU alumni on shows like that, even if it's never any of the professors I had.
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From:reikimaster
Date:February 24th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
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From:evilegg
Date:February 24th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
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Did you ever hug any of these men?
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From:dantheserene
Date:February 24th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)

Have I mentioned you seem fixated on me hugging people?

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I did informally debate Aksyonov on the Separation of Art and Politics for my final exam, which I may write up some time as my finest academic moment.
I did not hug any of my college professors.
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