Davis, Lanessa

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M.A. French Literature, M.A. Spanish Literature

Born in Nashville, I grew up in the south and midwest before moving to New Hampshire in 2002 with my husband, Zachary, and daughter, Stella. My son, Wyatt was born during our first year at Dublin. I had been working at Dublin School for five years when my husband's career took us to New York, where we lived for the last eight years. I am happy to be back!

What book has made you think the most?  Most books make me think quite a bit, but, most recently, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz has made me ponder.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  I lived at my high school biology teacher's house with his wife and him for most of my senior year, and they treated me with great understanding and compassion, while providing me with structure and discipline.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Honest, hard-working, and independent.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  Classes comparing literature and film were my favorites.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?   My new favorite place on campus is New Dorm, which is my new home and has a spectacular view!

I am most happy when...   I am relaxing with friends and family.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?   Leaving Dublin eight years ago always felt like a mistake, but my family and I have all learned and grown from our time in New York.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  work out, read a book, and watch a movie.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?   Running/hiking.


Walters, Henry

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A.B. Harvard College

Born in Chicago, grew up in Indiana and southern Michigan, a boy of the cornfields and the flat, and--frankly--happy to be shut of them both. Once desperate for city life, but quickly disabused of that folly. Studied Latin and Greek literature in college, with stints in Ghana (ostensibly teaching but mostly being taught by elementary-school kids) and Rome (speaking Latin in a monastic basement with the Pope's Latin Secretary).

Leaving college, lived in Ireland (working as a falconer) and Italy (hauling beehives from the eucalyptus groves to the orange orchards). Taught English and Latin at the Groton School before coming north as a seasonal biologist for New Hampshire Audubon, monitoring fall hawk migrations. Dublin School took me under its wing when I was most in need of a haircut, a hot bowl of soup, and a generous, talented, and thoughtful community. After many years of moving from place to place, I'm very grateful to be where I am.

What book has made you think the most?  For the earthly union of Precision and Soul, you'd better read "The Man Without Qualities," by Robert Musil.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?   Flight combined with the nervous tic of strafing pigeons in the park.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?  "She said it's hard for me to see / How one little boy got so ug-lee // ...Way over yonder in the minor key / Ain't nobody that can sing like me." (W. Guthrie)

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?  When I was in high school, one David O. Ross, professor at the University of Michigan (and total stranger), agreed to meet with me for two hours each Sunday morning to read Catullus and Plato together at his home. A little philosophy, tempered with love and poetry. But more than that, the slow dawning that Language is an Eden -- put your hand in it and you'll see that it's pure topsoil, all the way down. Topsoil and quicksand and everything about us that's most human.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?  Well, well, well.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?   Polonius, to keep the conversation going; Annie Dillard, to make him shut up; and Dylan's Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands, so that I could propose to her.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?  Ingrid Bergman.