20 Questions: A sketch of Centre professor of German and humanities Ian Wilson
RELEASED: September 7, 2006
DANVILLE, KY—1. Position/title: Assistant Professor of German and Humanities.
2. Hometown: I've moved a lot in my life—here's where I feel at home: Buffalo, NY; La Crosse, WI; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Madison, WI; the state of NC; Vienna, Austria; and now Danville, KY.
3. Career highlight: I've got two so far: successfully defending my dissertation in September 2005, and winning the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2005.
4. Signature class: It's hard to single out any of my German classes, because I love them all. I still love teaching German 110 and 120, where students discover and really learn to love the language. My favorite advanced German classes are Ger 325: German Film; Ger 451: The German Krimi (on crime fiction and film); and Ger 350: Berlin and Vienna as Modern Metropolises.
5. Recent publication/exhibition/performance: "Greeting the Holocaust's Dead? Narrative Strategies and the Undead in Elfriede Jelinek's 'Die Kinder der Toten'" to appear in October in the journal Modern Austrian Literature.
6. Family details: Married to Mindy Wilson, Internship and Outreach Coordinator at Centre; we welcomed our daughter Sophie to the world on May 31, 2006.
7. Hobbies: Film, photography.
8. Pets: Two cats, Yaro and Jasper.
9. Prized possession: Basketball signed by most members of the 2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball national champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
10. Last book read:Liberation by Joanna Scott.
11. Memorable trip/vacation: Costa Rica in January 2004 for my honeymoon, and the moonscape of Joshua Tree National Park in December 2004.
12. Favorite movie: Too many to count, but the top six are (in alphabetical order): Alphaville, Annie Hall, Casablanca, Code Unknown, In the Mood for Love, and M.
13. Favorite album: Also very tough: probably The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (Talking Heads), The Beatles (aka The White Album, The Beatles), Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), Sad, but Familiar (Lou Ford), or The Velvet Underground and Nico (The Velvet Underground).
14. Favorite food: Thai, though Indian and Turkish aren't far behind.
15. Favorite smell: Freshly brewed coffee.
16. Person you most admire: Russ Feingold, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.
17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Russ Feingold; Fatih Akin; Hillary and Bill Clinton; Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister; Barak Obama.
18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, German Chancellor Willy Brandt, Martin Luther King, Rosa Luxemburg.
19. What would you be doing if you weren't teaching at Centre: Yikes! Hopefully teaching somewhere else.
20. Describe yourself in three words: Sincere, pensive, busy.
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