College Letter 10/2015
In this year’s Lindberg Lecture, historian Jeff Bolster tells the tale of how he became a seaman and a scholar.
As a 10-year-old, Jeff Bolster spent hours curled up reading well-worn hardbacks of "Robinson Crusoe," "Sailing Alone Around the World" and "Swiss Family Robinson." Above him hung a print of a working clipper ship on a foamy sea. So began a lifelong love for the briny deep. Bolster would grow up to spend a decade as a professional seaman — traveling some 50,000 sea miles — before turning to an academic life in history. While he stills sails the seas today, he also writes award-winning books about them.
English major Hannah Drake writes her way onto a career path.
When Hannah Drake ’16 stepped in to the faculty lounge in Hamilton Smith Hall last November, she wasn’t sure what to expect. She was about to give a reading of “A History of Sadness,” the young-adult fantasy novella she’d spent the summer working on. She was nervous, unsure if anyone would show up for a new, unknown writer. But when she walked into the lounge, not a seat was empty.
New assistant professors and lecturers join the College of Liberal Arts.
What do a sculptor, a neuroscientist, and a specialist in German literature have in common? They are all assistant professors joining the ranks of the UNH faculty this year.