Nelson Guertin

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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It was the study of history that gave structure to the meaning of literature and to the social sciences and the reasons behind human endeavor and human feeling.”

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My first major was English. I then received a M.A. in the teaching of English from Rhode Island College.

When I began my teaching career at JWU, I was also given the opportunity to teach Sociology. I was immediately struck by the role of historical context in both peoples lives and literature. It was the study of history that gave structure to the meaning of literature and to the social sciences and the reasons behind human endeavor and human feeling. Human motivation was hidden in the context of people's lives, in the historical currrents that produced those times. I became smitten with history.

In 2003, I was able to switch departments, from English to Humanities. I was also taking courses for my Ph.D. in Humanities. The teaching of World History, American History, American Government, Modern American History and Comparative World Religions has given me a good sense of the many-layered context of the human throughout history. 

Through my teaching I am able to elucidate the many faceted aspects of the human. The human is a wonderful, complicated being; through the study of history we begin to investigate the wonder of the human and the world in which s/he lives.