otto.khera7 months ago
Professor Pat O'Brien who taught economics at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in the 1980s up until '91. Turns out he's a university president a major institution - I just looked it up! (Go Prof. O'Brien!). What an inspiration. From multiple-choice at a big Arizona university -- ASU -- to a world of essay writing and actual graphical drawings. Suddenly under his instruction, I was required to know economics in a way that required thought. During class we talked about why an answer was right or wrong. And sometimes, like the old 'The Paper Chase' classic about Harvard Law, in his own way, Prof. O'Brien brought students to task and there were risks, rewards, and sometimes disappointments -- with amazing and much more humor than the Prof. Kingsfield character. How to confront life's disappointments as humans, within an academic setting is what he imparted as part of the curriculum.