Left: Friend and former student Alejandro Penafiel
I have spent the past four days here in Princeton working with a group of great friends and excellent colleagues; I like to think that I am pretty smart, but when I am around this group I realize I have much to read. I find this most exciting. I am always rethinking what to add to my library. While in Princeton, my good friend and former student Alejandro Penafiel drove up from American University in DC to go out in to the town and catch up. Alejandro, as I discovered, fit in very well with my colleagues on the committee. Though not surprised, I was impressed with his ability and willingness to engage in our many academic and non academic conversations, which ranged from why 18 should be the drinking age to John Defelice’s research and forthcoming book addressing the church and slavery. Alejandro took me for four courses during his upper school days: AP Macroeconomics, AP Government, AP US History, and AP European History. He is one of the most academic and intellectual students I have taught, earning top scores (4 and 5) on every exam.
While at dinner last night with Alejandro and the rest of the committee, I jokingly stated to Jeff Hamilton, who is the chairperson at Baylor University, that I would only accept a teaching post in this area if they paid me at least $150,000 per year; Jeff, who grew up and went to high school in Princeton, told me that would not be enough; I would need at least $250,000. It is safe to say that I will never live here. I love this area.
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