Please meet Dr. Steve Campagna-Pinto (CP) from the Religious Studies department.
What is your field of study?
What is your favorite class to teach?
The Holocaust and its Implications, although my original field is religion, literature, and philosophy in America. I miss teaching classes in nineteenth-century American thought.
What are you excited about this semester?
Working with our first-year Honors students in the Honors seminar. I like students so I’m excited about all my classes. My goal is to blow their minds with exciting ideas and new insights.
What was the last book you read?
Babylon Berlin for entertainment and The Emerson Museum: Practical Romanticism and the Pursuit of the Whole for scholarly work.
What was your worst subject in school?
Math, but I was good in other sciences and did autopsies in high school and medical research in college.
If you had to make a documentary, what would the subject be?
I have two: the spiritual experiences of farmworkers; or the attitudes of young Germans in Berlin towards Holocaust education and inherited guilt.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Eat out with friends, go for walks, and travel.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
It’s not your IQ but your “I will.” I’ve seen many students who have greatly transformed themselves through hard work and intellectual curiosity. I also strongly advise students to study abroad. Get out of Bakersfield and see the world!
What did you do over the summer break?
In June, I studied at the United States Holocaust Museum in a faculty seminar with scholars from all over the world. The subject was racial theory and practice in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South. It was a fantastic experience studying the comparative history of racism and its relevance to the contemporary world. In July and August, I was in Europe. I spent a week in London and Florence each going to great art museums. I also did some hiking north of London in the Cotswolds region for a week, and then I spent a month in Berlin taking in the history and just hanging out.
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