The Ripon College Jazz Ensemble will perform its fall concert Friday, Dec. 8. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. […]
Meet Geoff Guevara-Geer
- Postdoctoral work: Northwestern University
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
- M.A., Pennsylvania State University
- B.A., Ripon College
At Ripon College, I’m the Latin Americanist who works with literature. Because we’re small, I teach a very broad range of courses from our beginning language sequence to our culminating courses in literature from Spanish America. I often teach advanced writing in Spanish, and return to teaching favorite writers–like Cortázar, Peri Rossi, García Márquez, and Luiselli. I love seeing how cultures self-define, while being transformed, through their artists. I also enjoy returning to favorite problems, like issues of magical realism, the political engagements of artists, and indigenous representation. Many ideas and expressions start out as abstractions, and then show themselves at work in how we face the world, and each other.
What tech tool could you not live without? I think we forget that writing is a technology.
What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? I push for high-quality work in the classroom, but I do believe that some things are worth doing badly.
What’s your workspace like? A colleague once described my workspace as “that cyclone you call your office.”