20 Questions with Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow Kyle Anderson
1. Position at Centre?
Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow. I teach Chinese language and culture and Asian Studies courses.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up playing on the beaches of South Kingstown, R.I., and hiking and skiing the green mountains of Rutland, Vt. Spending my youth in the cold surf and snow instilled in me a love for the outdoors.
3. What are your hobbies?
I love to play soccer, hike, sculpt, draw and study foreign languages.
4. What is your dream vacation?
Living in a bungalow on a secluded beach in Southeast Asia.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I’m a sucker for Renaissance and sacred art, particularly the paintings of the Lippi and Botticelli. I also love the work of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne and the American portraitist John Singer Sargent.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
I will never fall out of love with Dante’s “Divina Commedia.”
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I love to play soccer and watch college football.
8. Favorite TV show?
Fox’s “Arrested Development” and KZK’s “Damages.”
9. Favorite album?
The National’s “High Violet.”
10. Favorite holiday?
11. Favorite food?
12. Most prized possession?
A 1965 Canesi limited edition, leather-bound copy of the “Divina Commedia,” with illustrations by Sandro Botticelli.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
The Buddha, Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Spending summers at the Camp Yawgoog Reservation in Hopkinton, R.I.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Working with the foreign service.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
An undergraduate humanities course with Brigham Young University Professor Terry Butler. Imagine reading and being tested on “The Iliad” in one week! Terry treated us like graduate students and made us work.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Winnie the Pooh.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Art Barn. I love the sounds and smells of a good studio.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
In every class, in every assignment, find something you like, and let that motivate you toward excellence. Work hard, play hard.