In our ongoing Faculty Five series, we ask instructors five questions that offer a glimpse into their lives beyond the classroom. This month we feature Instructor in English Jeffrey Blevins. This fall, he and his wife, Kathryn Fleishman, began their second year teaching English. They live in Tinker with their four-year-old daughter, Isabel, and are expecting a son in February.
Why did you come to Hotchkiss?
I came here to study beautiful literature with the brightest students in the world.
Favorite part about living in Northwest CT?
We love the hiking up here -- much better than New Jersey, which is where we were before. And actually I hate sunny/warm days, so the longer and darker the winter, the better for me.
What is your secret talent?
I was a semi-professional, aggressive inline rollerblader as a teenager.
What do you do in your free time?
I hang out with my wife and our daughter, Isa. If I'm lucky, I get to read for fun.
If you could tell a prospective student one reason to attend Hotchkiss, what would it be?
I think the diversity of perspectives and backgrounds represented in the students and faculty here is unmatched almost anywhere else. Getting to work, think, and live in that environment is a huge privilege. I would also make sure the student likes nature, because being outside is one of the main things to do here.
Favorite meal in the dining hall?
Stir fry that someone else makes for me.
What is your favorite class that you have taught or currently teach, and why?
I'm really excited to teach the MacLeish Scholars Honors course next year -- students will mostly be working on their own research projects, and I think I'll enjoy working through their materials alongside them. It will be like getting to do mini versions of all the projects myself. My favorite elective I've taught would have to be a course on "form," in which we made connections between conceptions of form in all sorts of disciplines (poetic form, mathematical form, architectural form, painterly form, musical form, etc.)
Most recent show you couldn't stop watching?
Right now, Bly Manor. Before that I just finished rewatching The OC for, like, the fifth time.