NewsPress Release: 9/13/01
MARLBORO, VT - Marlboro College welcomes three new fellows for this new academic year: Emily Pillinger in classics, Iuliana Radu in mathematics, and Bataa Mishigish in world studies.
The college has a longstanding tradition of hiring recent classics graduates from Oxford University, in England, as Classics Fellows. Emily "Mimi" Pillinger has joined the faculty as the twenty-sixth of this line. "The main excitement about classics," says Pillinger, "is in the struggle to get to grips with some of the most spectacular works of literature ever written, . . . when you manage to fit a few of these works together to form a broader picture of life between 2000 and 3000 years distant from us, you get this eerie sense of affinity with the individuals who make up that world." Along with introductory courses in Latin and ancient Greek, she plans to teach classes on Greek tragedy and Latin love poetry. Pillinger replaces Richard Short, who served as the Classics Fellow at Marlboro for the past two years.
Marlboro's recently revived practice of inviting yearly Math Fellows to teach at the college brings Iuliana Radu from Romania. The daughter of two math teachers, she studied applied mathematics at the University of Bucharest, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in applied computer science there. Fluent in English and with a working knowledge of French, Radu cites playing guitar and table-tennis as interests. She replaces Sorina Eftim, also from Romania, who taught math at Marlboro this past year.
Bataa Mishigish of Mongolia is Marlboro's second World Studies Fellow. The fellowship was created in part to enhance internationalization of the curriculum, and to diversify the cultural makeup of the faculty. The fellow, specializing in a different academic discipline and hailing from a different region of the world each year, teaches several courses each semester. Among them is "Global Perspectives" which looks at current events from a non-U.S. perspective. A former Buddhist monk, Mishigish recently earned master's degrees in religion and political science at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. An expert on religion's place in politics and its potential to promote peace, Mishigish is currently in the process of publishing essays on nonviolent politics and the oppression of Buddhists in Mongolia. Mishigish replaces last year's fellow, Dan Lumonya, a development studies expert from Uganda.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused in Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the college community, and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's nearby Brattleboro-based Persons School features three master's degree programs Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Brattleboro Campus is located in the Marlboro College Technology Center, which brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community.
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