Alan Pope

Alan Pope

Alan Pope is currently Chair of the English Department of Central New Mexico Community College, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the past he taught at the University of New Mexico and at the University of Maryland, European Division. He has a Master’s Degree in English (1973) and a Ph.D. in American Studies (1980), from the University of New Mexico. He has published in Early American literature and in American poetry. After thirty years of teaching, he will be retiring in August 2011.

 

The faculty, students, and people that I met in Lublin were generous and kind, with manners and friendliness that I still vividly recall.  I had the ‘luck’ to be a Senior Fulbright Scholar during the year of change in Poland (1988-1989), and witnessed the first elections in June 1989. During the election, I spoke with Lech Walesa (through an interpreter!) at the Solidarity Church in Gdansk. One of my most vivid recollections is of the beautiful Lublin Cemetery on All Saints Day, November 1: The hundreds of thousands of flickering candles that evening remind me still of life and of passing, of the past and of the future. Those candles, the university, the lush green of the Spring, the wonderful faculty, the various meals in many venues (this was before the economic and political changes), the swans flying at a lake-retreat literature conference—all swirl within me in recollection of my time in Poland.

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