Summer@Stonehill Pre College Program Academic Advisor Linzy Brekke-Aloise Academic Advisor EDUCATION B.A. History, Mount Holyoke College, cum laude with high honors, 1998 M.A. History, Harvard University, 2001 Ph.D. History, Harvard University, 2007 Why did you decide to study history and pursue a career in higher education? I decided I wanted to pursue History as a career after my very first day attending a History course at Mount Holyoke. I loved the environment of a college campus and I found the atmosphere in a lecture hall electrifying. I remain excited and challenged by the drama, humanity and complexity of unearthing our past. I was one of those strange kids who had Civil War heroine coloring books and won prizes for memorizing the state capitols and presidents by heart. So I’ve always been a history nerd and getting to spend my days indulging my peculiar passion is really a dream come true. It’s never, ever boring for me and though I’m a specialist in Early American history, I’m interested in the history of everything: watches, sugar, the Silk Road, medicine; everything has a history that can help us understand the present better. What has been your greatest experience as a professor at Stonehill? Far and away my favorite experiences are when I encounter a student who declares how much they hate history, and by the time the semester ends, they end up loving it. I don’t possess any special magic; I just try to restore the drama, excitement, controversy, and down to earth human-ness of the past that seems to get strip-mined out by textbooks and many high school history courses. Helping pass my passion for the subject on to a younger generation feels both deeply fulfilling and a little bit patriotic, as it cultivates the critical thinking skills and civic literacy so crucial in a democratic republic. I also love mentoring students, especially helping them think about their strengths and goals and chart a path toward a fulfilling career. Who is your favorite author? Zora Neale Hurston What is your favorite movie? Any movie with strong, female characters: The Joy Luck Club, The Color Purple, Iron Jawed Angels, Hidden Figures are a few favs. Where did you go to high school? Westbrook High School, Westbrook, Maine and Lycée Fenelon, Cambrai, France.