Professor's Prologue

Bill Bryson: An Author with Intense Curiosity

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by Robyn Meadows, Vice Dean and Professor of Law for Widener's
School of Law in Harrisburg, PA

What do quantum mechanics, Babe Ruth, Australia, Shakespeare, English grammar and the nearby Appalachian Trail have in common? Bill Bryson. Bryson has tackled these topics and more as an author. His curiosity coupled with a keen observational sense and, let's face it, an incredible sense of humor tie his eclectic list of books together and are the reason readers anxiously await his next release. Read more ... 

George Papandreou: The Political Dynasty of the Papandreou Family

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By Dr. Rebecca Jones, associate professor and chair of political science

George Papandreou is the third member of his family to serve as prime minister of Greece. His grandfather, Georgios Papandreou, served three terms, and his father, Andreas, served two. Papandreou was first elected as prime minister in 2009, but resigned in November 2011 in the face of continuing opposition to his austerity plans and the continued drastic decline of the Greek economy. Read more ...