Read: Tilar Mazzeo, Associate Professor of English

I am in the final mad dash-to-the-finish on a draft of my next book, Irena’s Children (forthcoming from Gallery/Simon & Schuster, autumn 2016). It is the story of Holocaust-era heroine Irena Sendler, who helped 2,500 Jewish children flee the Warsaw ghetto. Some of those children live today in the United States, especially in New York […]
Arne Koch

All Things German

For Koch, an energetic proselytizer of German culture, it’s crucial for students to understand that learning foreign languages doesn’t take place only in the classroom. “Ideally, it’s a 24/7 immersive experience,” he said. That experience might include screenings of a film by German director Wim Wenders, time at the German language table at Foss dining […]

Extragalactic Explorers

From their offices on the fourth floor of the Mudd Science Building, Elizabeth McGrath and Dale Kocevski enjoy a view that takes in the terraced lawn of the academic quad, the rooftops of Lovejoy and Cotter Union—and distant galaxies as they appeared when the universe was young. McGrath and Kocevski are extragalactic astronomers, tied to the […]

The Company We Keep

William and Margaret Montgoris Assistant Professor in Psychology Allecia Reid explains the statistical analyses used in a study to Carly Taylor ’15 (far left), Caroline Minott ’16 (left), and Ali Belzer ’17 (right). It would be tough to find a research subject more relevant to college students’ social lives than the one William and Margaret […]

Teaching: Sahan T. M. Dissanayake

As a scholar, I see teaching as a way to share the thrill of finding answers to research questions. When I see a light bulb going off in a student’s mind—be it in the classroom when I try to explain a concept like how having zero pollution is not economically efficient because cleaning up the […]
Tanya Sheehan, Associate professor of art

The Intersection of Art and Medicine

Tanya Sheehan arrived at Georgetown University intending to become a medical doctor. She aced her organic chemistry lab section, eventually was turned off by the rote memorization the program emphasized, and then discovered art history and film studies. “That changed everything,” she said, “but I never forgot about science and medicine.” In fact, Sheehan rarely […]

Educating by Poetry

I often rouse students in my poetry classes through hypothetical exams. Sometimes the subject of the exam is quite narrow: Is this image of something “falling light as a thistlebloom” effective in Heather’s gritty Manhattan poem? Or the question is vast, universal: What is the purpose of poetry? Why are we sitting here doing this? […]

A Tour of Art Careers

It wasn’t a tour of art museums. It was a tour of art careers. That was the opportunity offered to and taken by senior art majors over fall break, as alumni and friends welcomed students to the varied art world of New York City. The four-day trip, organized by the Department of Art through an […]

How We Think, Feel, Behave

Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto has good news and bad news. The bad news: “Most kids become less agreeable and less conscientious from about age ten to about age fourteen.” The good news? “Then they turn things around. They get much nicer and more responsible over the course of high school and college years, […]

Seeing the World—and Colby—Through Mark Twain’s Eyes

When I tell people I stayed in Mark Twain’s summer home, I never know what kind of response to expect. One person asked me if I’d gone swimming in the Mississippi; others assumed I was referring to the mansion he built in Hartford. But, every now and then, someone gives me a spellbound look and […]