In this new Next Page column Jeanne Arnold, Gettysburg College's Chief Diversity Officer, explains how one book provided a deeply emotional sense of connection to her African ancestors.


What kinds of books are you drawn to?

As I think back over my reading life, I realize that I've always been drawn to novels about relationships between people or about groups of people that are set in a historical context. I was absolutely fascinated by A Tale of Two Cities. My favorite character was Charles Darnay. He made such an impression on me that when I compiled a list of baby names (around age 14 for my possible future children,) Darnay was at the top of my list for a boy.

In this new Next Page column, Darren Glass, Associate Professor of Mathematics, shares where he discovers new fiction to read (it includes a tournament and a live rooster!) and which work of foodie fiction he considers to be the gold standard.

In this new Next Page column, Suzanne Flynn, Associate Professor of English, confesses which of the “classics” she hasn’t read, shares which Victorian poets and novelists are among her favorites, and explains how her students connect with literature from the 19th century.

In this first Next Page column of the 2015-16 academic year, Professor of Sociology Charles F. Emmons shares who has influenced his career in sociology the most, which authors would top his guest list to a literary dinner party, whose book recommendations he values the most, and offers titles to read to learn more about paranormal and spiritual phenomena.

In our last Next Page column of the year, Zakiya Whatley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, provides a recommended read for any budding geneticist; shares which books she's looking forward to reading next for her book group; and tells us what her students will be doing for class this Friday, April 24, 2015, in celebration of National DNA Day.

In this issue of Next Page, Professor of Philosophy Daniel DeNicola reveals his appreciation for mysteries, especially those focused on manuscripts or works of art, and how his incessant childhood habit of reading the backs of cereal boxes at breakfast led his parents to buy him a set of "Children's Classics" and his very own encyclopedia-sold in installments at the supermarket.

In this current issue of Next Page, Erin O'Connor, Class of 2015 and winner of this year's Silent Leader Award, tells us which influential courses and works inspired her to develop her own major, Diversity and Development in Education, what conversation she would like to have with Paulo Freire if given the chance, and which books are on her "To Read" list for after graduation. 

You just won the Silent Leader Award.

In this new Next Page column, Emelio Betances, Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, talks about how growing up during turbulent political times in the Dominican Republic sparked his passion for reading and why he's such a fan of authors J.M. Coetzee and Orhan Pamuk. 


Which author has influenced you the most?

Juan Bosch, a short story writer and politician from the Dominican Republic.

In our newest Next Page column, featured reader Radost Rangelova, Assistant Professor of Spanish, shares with us what she reads for fun and the course it inspired (she had to warn the students NOT to read ahead!); one of the influential works that solidified her passion for the study of gender and the cultural construction of space; and her recommendation of a contemporary Colombian author to read next – perhaps something to add to your holiday wish list?


What are you reading now (o

In this new Next Page column, Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, shares with us highlights from a recent trip to Trinidad he took with students, where he gets his daily dose of news, and which book "gives him fire" after each reading. 


What are you reading now (or have read recently) that you would recommend to a friend or colleague on campus and why‌?

I hardly do leisure reading; it is mostly linked to class or some conference, or paper etc.