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Tom Mcbride & Shawn Gillen

Tom McBride teaches Milton, Shakespeare, and critical theory. He has team-taught a variety of interdisciplinary courses with both classicists and anthropologists. His interests in comparative discourse have most recently led him to an extensive project on Darwinian approaches to the study of literature. With Professor Shawn Gillen, he is co-founder of the department's new program in Rhetoric and Discourse. He has published both critical essays and creative non-fiction in journals as diverse as Texas Studies in Language and Literature, The Baker Street Journal, and Two Cities. For four years, he was a popular commentator on language for Wisconsin Public Radio. On campus he is known for the twice-yearly Keefer Lectures on a variety of subjects. Most recently he has authored essays for britannica.com on Raymond Carver and Allan Bloom, and for open democracy.net on Saul Bellow. He is an editor of the Beloit College Mindset List.

Ron Nief has been director of public affairs at Beloit College in Wisconsin for the past ten years, following two decades at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been communicating the work of higher education institutions for almost 40 years, starting with his alma mater, Boston College, in the late 1960s. He is the editor of several books and has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Gannett Newspapers and National Public Radio's Marketplace. He is a recipient of a Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America and a Distinguished Service Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District I. He created the Mindset List in 1998 and joins Tom McBride in many media appearances and talks throughout the year.


Seated at left is Tom McBride, Professor of English and Gayle and William Keefer Professor of the Humanities, and at right is Ron Nief, director of public affairs at Beloit College. Each year, they work together compiling suggestions and releasing the final version of the highly anticipated Beloit College Mindset List.