I began teaching history at Albion College amidst the turmoil of the 1960s: civil rights struggles, Vietnam, women’s liberation, environmental crisis, and campus unrest. With the world in flames, I could not escape into an academic ivory tower. Consequently, I helped organize and participated in debates, protests, and marches to Washington. I also sought to inspire my students to apply their historical knowledge to their world. I not only wanted to describe the world, I wanted to help make a better world. This approach, however, is a two-way street. Inspiring students to activism also means that the professor has to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk.” When my students led a courageous and controversial divestment campaign on campus to combat apartheid in South Africa in the late 1980s, many were acting out what they had learned in my “1960s” history class. In an opinion piece supporting their cause, I wrote that the students had 'listened with their hearts and are calling for action'.
I am proud of those students who took risks for conscience and of all my students who write to tell about their work as teachers, lawyers, parents, citizens, and activists in standing up for peace, justice, the environment, and human rights. The realization that my students, past and present, have “listened with their hearts” motivates me, after 40 years, to keep on keeping on in this exciting and challenging time.
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Ligia Paina, '05
Advancing public health worldwide
M.H.S., Ph.D. Student, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Former Health Systems Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.
Albert Schweitzer Fellow, 2007-2009
Undergraduate research on the health care system in my native Romania and an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels convinced me to pursue a career in international public health. After earning my master's degree, I worked alongside seasoned public health and medical professionals at the U.S. Agency for International Development and contributed to the agency's efforts to improve health care in countries worldwide. Now, I am pursuing a doctorate in public health and preparing myself for the next phase in my career, still focused on improving population health wherever the need exists.
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