Please meet Susanne Langham from the Philosophy and Religious Studies department.
What is your field of study?
Philosophy, medical ethics, and end-of-life care/decision making. I am a first generation college grad and alumni of CSUB (and BC). I received my M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University.
What is your favorite class to teach?
Introduction to Ethics
What are you excited about this semester?
Teaching introduction to Philosophy through contemporary films (and primary sources) for the first time in 11 years
What was the last book you read?
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
What was your worst subject in school?
I would not necessarily say I had a "worst" subject but due to a confluence of factors, I got a D in and had to retake statistics. History/Government were my least favorite subjects until I reached college and was finally able to understand the significance of events in their broader contexts. Now I love History and incorporate quite a bit of history into my teaching, especially in introduction to philosophy.
What is your secret talent or hobby?
My 'secret' talents and hobbies are arranging flowers, studying physics and astronomy and driving/drag racing (legally, on a track of course!).
If you had to make a documentary, what would the subject be?
The subject of my documentary would be an exploration of the relationship between mental illness and higher IQ, and an examination of the mystics and sages of old as "mentally ill" through today's 21st century, first-world lens.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Listen to music, go to concerts, spend time outdoors, read.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
One piece of advice I almost always give my students is to be realistic with your time budget; do not overload yourself with too many classes. Find a healthy, if slightly challenging, balance between classes, work, family and social obligations, and recreation. It is counter productive to take on too much when the quality of your learning experience and the quality of your work/performance suffers. It's better to take a little longer to get your degree and do the best you can than to rush through and do mediocre.
What did you do over the winter break?
During winter break, I spent 5 days visiting my sister at her home in Idaho then I took a trip of a lifetime to Peru for 9 days. I visited Machu Picchu and spent 3 nights deep in the Amazon basin rainforest/jungle. It was truly AMAZ(on)ING!
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