Brooke Cooperstein ‘13
“The Upton program was a valuable and enriching capstone to my economics experience at Beloit. The opportunity to talk to an eminent scholar in the field I had dedicated four years to studying was thrilling. The scholar my year took me seriously and engaged me without derision or judgment, even though I openly questioned certain aspects of his work. That I felt comfortable to talk with this academic giant and express my feelings and concerns is a real testament to the program and to the Upton scholar himself. The coursework encouraged creative, independent thinking in a seminar class structure, and Upton week was a great culmination to that semester of developing with other students the ability to think for ourselves.
That is exactly the reason I went to Beloit. To be able to really engage with my professors and the guests they bring on campus is a blessing that only a small liberal arts school can provide. I think the Upton forum is a great example of a department coming together around this fundamental Beloit principle that our views as students, no matter how half-baked, or misguided, or premature, deserve time and consideration. That we are valuable, and our ideas are valuable, and we are more than just faces in an auditorium or marks in a grade book. Our professors have the faith in us that we can reason through problems on our own, develop our own systems of belief, and argue with each other respectfully without teacher intervention. That is a Beloit gift and more specifically, an Upton program gift, and throughout that whole week I really dwelt on how lucky I was to be part of this institution and this department.”