College Letter 09/2015
David Finkelhor wins the 2015 Charles Holmes Pettee Medal, the UNH Alumni Association's highest honor.
Professor of sociology David Finkelhor '78G deems himself fortunate that his career has been at UNH. The University — and those who work for the betterment of children’s lives around the world — would say they are the lucky ones.
High school students take on big ideas at UNH’s leadership camp.
Imagine trying to draw democracy. What would its core values look like sketched out in thick black marker on a large easel? What about libertarianism, or socialism? What position would you take in a debate about the ethics of loading a person’s mind into a robot body? And what if, after that, you had to create a game that used the mechanics of Monopoly to explore life under Stalin’s regime? How would the game work — and, more importantly, how might your ideas about communism change after you land in the gulag? Those are the kinds of big ideas and activities that students wrestle with each summer at the Future Leaders Institute.
UNH students and faculty say it with food in China.
On a round wooden table that fills most of the room, a large lazy susan turns slowly, with dishes of eggplant, fish and watermelon floating by, and bowls of obscure meats and vegetables. “Lotus root,” says Ian, helpfully naming the contents of one bowl. From another, he deftly picks out a long vegetable with his chop sticks, eats it and says instructively, “And that is ‘strange-tasting bean.’”