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Gary Michael Clark

Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts
English
Professor of English

English 101

English 102

English 221: British Literature I

English 245: World Literature

B.A. Olivet Nazarene University (1985)

M.A. Northern Illinois University (1987)

Waubonsee Community College Faculty of the Year (2002)

During the summers (South American winters) of 2005, 2006, and 2007, I lived in Santiago, Chile while studying Spanish at the ECELA school on Roman Diaz. For a month in 2006, I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, attending the ECELA language school in the Recoleta district. Additionally, I visited the fort city of Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay. The people, the landscape, the cities, the cultures, the food, and the pace of life in these incredible countries captivated me. Hopefully, one day I will return to Santiago and BA...perhaps on a more permanent basis.

SantiagodeChile

Santiago de Chile

Chilean countryside
Chilean Bird Sanctuary

Buenos Aries

La Boca--Barrio de Buenos Aires, Argentina--3 July 2006

La Boca

Colores de La Boca

EvitaFriends

Carlos Gardel, Evita Peron, y Maradona

LaBocaFriends

La Boca--Buenos Aires, Argentina

Casarosada

La Casa Rosada--Buenos Aires, Argentina

GaryRosada

Clark at la Casa Rosada

EscuelaBA

La escuela en Buenos Aires, Argentina

class

Mi professora Sylvia y mis amigos en Buenos Aires

tango

Tango dancers outside La Galeria Pacifico en Buenos Aires

woodyallenBA

Residential Buenos Aires

parissouthamerica

Buenos Aires--Paris of South America

Colonia de Sacramento

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

sacramentodecolonia

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

Pichlemu de Chile

El Oceano Pacifico--Chile

Santiagoschool

La escuela en Santiago de Chile--297 Roman Diaz

La casa de Neruda

La Casa de Pablo Neruda--Santiago de Chile

oldnew

Old and New Santiago de Chile

losdominicos

Los Dominicos--Santiago de Chile broomsticks

Colores de Chile

cactus

La playa de Chile

Lacasademimadrechilena

La casa de mi madre Chilena

losAndes

Los Andes--Santiago de Chile

valpo

Valparaiso de Chile--6 August 2006

I love watching old episodes of Columbo starring Peter Falk. Besides loving the wrinkled trench coat, the beat-up car, and the sad-faced dog, I really got a kick out of Columbo's interrogation techniques. The hand to the side of his slightly tilted head, the cigar, and the obligatory question, "there's just one more thing" were staples of every episode. But I especially enjoyed the way the writers and directors of  the show manipulated our  point of view. Since we spend the first half hour of the show alongside the murderer, we become implicated in the crime and begin to identify with the villain. I would become nervous that Columbo was going to trip the villain up...knowing full well that he always got his man...or woman as the case may be. Finally, I got a kick out of the tiny mistakes these smug killers would make that Columbo latched onto in order to hang them.  During the first 30 minutes of each program, I would try to figure out what exactly would spell the murderer's ruin. As a result, watching Columbo became akin to watching a Hitchcock film, during which I madly searched the screen for the director.

Columbo Site

Sugar Grove Animal Hospital

Argentinian Soccer Team

Myers-Briggs Personality Test: I am an INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeler, Judger). If that doesn't mean much to you, go to the websites provided below. You may take the personality test and find out which of the sixteen types describes you best. There are no good or bad types. Just remember, INFJ is the best type.

INFJ Website

INFJ Website

Theater--I love acting. Since 2000, I have acted in a number of theatrical productions directed by Dr. Maria Bakalis. I have enjoyed playing a number of zany roles including the Mad Hatter from Alice and Wonderland, M. Beralde from Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Bob Beavers from American Beauty, sheriff Green from Hide and Shriek, Jacob Marley from Dickens' The Christmas Carol, Huey from Is There A Comic in the House?, Chuck Ferret from Collective Dating, Walter from Mike Vester's True Voice, and Krojak from Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water. Thank you, Maria!!!

Fault Lines

My Cat From Hell--Jackson Galaxy

Rob Gregory--My Personal Trainer

Jon Ronson Books

Jo Nesbo Mysteries

Jorge Drexler

Kinky -- Mexican Musical Group

ASPCA

The Daily Show

Anderson Cooper 360

Locks of Love

Run DMZ Video

Manuel Puig (Argentina)

Julio Cortazar (Argentina)

Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)

Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

Reinaldo Arenas (Cuba)

Pablo Neruda (Chile)

Federico Garcia Lorca (Spain)

Yukio Mishima (Japan)

Emily Dickinson (U.S.)

Sor Juana de la Cruz (Mexico)

Oscar Wilde (Ireland)

Dante (Italy)

John Donne (England)

Geoffrey Chaucer (England)

Kenji Yoshino (NYU Law Professor)

don Miguel Ruiz (Mexico)

Jaime Manrique (Colombia)

David Sedaris

CONTACT INFO

Bodie 223
Sugar Grove Campus
2391
gclark@waubonsee.edu

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