20 Questions with Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Milton Reigelman
1. Position at Centre?
Director, Center for Global Citizenship. Cowan Professor of English Emeritus.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
In a little neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., that was originally at the end of the streetcar line.
3. What are your hobbies?
Gentlemanly canoeing and biking, reading.
4. What is your dream vacation?
Carrickfergus—Danville’s Sister City in Northern Ireland—then Strasbourg, then Merida.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
DaVinci’s “St. Anne and the Virgin.”
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” Henry James’ “Portrait of a Lady.”
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
8. Favorite TV show?
“Doc Martin,” “Homeland.”
9. Favorite album?
Zimmerman playing Chopin.
10. Favorite holiday?
11. Favorite food?
12. Most prized possession?
A Brompton Oratory (biking) jacket.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Melville, Whitman and Twain—what a hoot that would be!
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Listening to ecstatic students just back from studying abroad.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Hearing Martin Luther King deliver his “I have a dream” speech.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
My mother thought I would be an architect, though I’ve sometimes fantasized about being a concert pianist.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
A yearlong history of philosophy class with 250 students.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
John LaCarré’s George Smiley.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Carnegie building, because it’s handsome and humane.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Plan to study abroad in a semester program during your sophomore year.