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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky About Linguist, philosopher, political activist and MIT professor who has been called the father of modern linguistics. Other Informations He wrote his first article at age ten while attending the Oak Lane Country Day School. The article’s ambitious subject was the spread of fascism. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the …

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Robert Shaffer

Robert Shaffer About Remembered for his tremendous contributions to the development of modern universities’ student affairs departments and operations, he served as Dean of Students at the University of Indiana and as first president of the American Personnel and Guidance Association. Other Informations After graduating from DePauw University (where he held numerous student leadership positions), …

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Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch About Cancer-diagnosed professor who gave an inspirational, much-publicized last lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” Other Informations He was briefly employed at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and at Adobe Systems during his time as a doctoral student. He was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, …

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Robert Nisbet

Robert Nisbet About American sociologist who has been a professor at multiple schools including the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. Other Informations He earned a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1939. He served in the US Army during World War II and later founded the Department of Sociology …

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Lucie Aubrac

Lucie Aubrac About French history teacher known as one of the most legendary figures of the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France. In October 1943, she led an attack on a German truck, freeing many Jewish prisoners in the process. Other Informations She joined the group Lyon, founded by her husband, in resistance …

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William Strunk Jr.

William Strunk Jr. About An American author, he is best remembered for his literary manual, The Elements of Style. This guide to the English language is familiar to college students throughout the United States. Other Informations An expert on English literature, he published analyses of Shakespeare’s verse and later worked as a consultant on the …

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Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom About A famous writer, critic, editor, and Yale professor, he was known for works of literary criticism that address such topics as aestheticism, romanticism, and religion. His best-known works include The American Religion, The Western Canon, and The Anxiety of Influence. Other Informations He developed an interest in poetry at the age of …

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Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt About American author and literary critic who was one of the founders of New Historicism. His biography of William Shakespeare, Will in the World, remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than two months. Other Informations He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1969. He later taught at …

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John Carey

John Carey About Known for his works of literary criticism, this University of Oxford English literature professor wrote for London’s Sunday Times and contributed to such arts and literature-themed television programs as The Review Show and Saturday Review. Other Informations Early in his career, he edited anthologies of poems by John Milton and Andrew Marvell. …

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Michael V Drake

Michael V Drake About Prior to taking office in 2014 as fifteenth President of The Ohio State University, he was a member of the ophthalmology faculty at the University of California-San Francisco and a Chancellor of the University of California-Irvine. Other Informations After attending Stanford University for his undergraduate education and the University of California-San …

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Mary Miller

Mary Miller About Known for her research on Mayan and Mesoamerican artwork, this prominent art historian received the prestigious Sterling professorship at Yale University and also served as Dean of Yale College. Other Informations After earning her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, she received her doctorate from Yale. Her field research in Mexico resulted in …

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James Carney

James Carney About Irish Celtic scholar who was a Professor of Irish at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and a visiting professor at Uppsala University from 1950 until 1952. Other Informations He earned a degree at University College Dublin in 1935 and later attended Bonn University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Uppsala University …