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Meet Brian Shobe’11, approaching life with the ‘learning stance’

February 20, 2012

Shobe 2Name: Brian Shobe’11 (December graduate on honors term).

Hometown/residence: Rapid City, S.D. 

Major: Sociology.

You may have seen me: In the OEC; in the LAPC telling people about the value of community-based learning; or of late, cross-country skiing around Beloit.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? Assuming I’m not going to make it, I’d like to go out in glorious sound: Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.”

Any advice? Approach life with the “learning stance:” the belief that everyone you meet is a teacher. The only question is, “Are you smart enough to get the lesson?”  

What do you do in your free time? Garden, cook, play outside (ultimate, hike, bike, etc.), dance (salsa and now modern), read, play board games, and try to be politically active.

Shobe 1If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? A deer. So graceful. Such endurance. They move in small herds. And I’ve grown up in the Black Hills surrounded by them.

Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Malcolm X, Ella Baker, and Jim Corbett (co-founder of the Sanctuary Movement and author of Goatwalking).

What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Ooh! So many! But I’ll stick with wilderness areas: Turtle Creek, Big Hill Park, South Beloit Municipal Park, Welty Environmental Center, Nygren Wetlands, Sugar River Forest Preserve, and Colored Sands Forest Preserve.