Professor of French
Don, Brooks College House
One of my favorite books when I was growing up was The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White. It’s the story of the young King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. “The best thing for being sad,” says Merlin, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails.” He tells Arthur, “Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” I must have taken this to heart, because I developed a lifelong love of learning. And not just the kind you find in books, but the kind you find in life and experience, in successes and failures, in the people and in the world around you.
I went to Bowdoin College where I studied French and German. I spent my junior year in Paris where I took courses in history, art history, and philosophy. I did my graduate work at Princeton, then taught at Tulane University in New Orleans before coming to F&M. I hate to fly, but I love to travel, and I am passionate about study abroad. My teaching focuses on French and Francophone literature, history, and culture, International Studies, human rights, storytelling (fairy tales), and Les Misérables, among other things. My scholarly writing focuses on Quebec, the novel, and Victor Hugo.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Dean, Brooks College House
Dr. Brian Samble serves as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Dean of Brooks College House. Brooksians will find Dean Samble to be an extroverted, positive, and supportive resource who will always be willing to share conversation and a cup of coffee outside his office in Brooks College House. He views Brooksians as members of a residential neighborhood and hopes to support his students find pathways for involvement on campus, engagement with the community off-campus, and discovering their talents based upon their academic and professional ambitions.
Dean Samble received his B.A. in History from Saint Anselm College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and the University of Tennessee, respectively. His dissertation was on the design of world-class universities in Denmark and even travelled overseas to conduct his research on institutional and government policies and practices meant to improve the quality of Danish higher education and develop the talents of students and scholars studying in Denmark.
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Brooks House Government
As dictated by the Brooks College House Constitution, the Brooks House Congress serves as the governing body of the House. The House Congress is responsible for overseeing a $15,000 budget and for organizing programming for the benefit of both the House and the broader College and local communities.
The Brooks House Congress consists of an Executive Board and a General Assembly. The House Legate joins the Congress, representing the House's interests on the Diplomatic Congress. Members of the House Congress are popularly elected by members of Brooks College House.Meet the House Government
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