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Margaret Bruzelius, Office of Class Deans


What do you do at Smith?

I am the Dean of Sophomores and I teach in the comparative literature department.

How many years have you been at the college?


What is your busy season?

September through May.


Who gets the most face time with you?

Sophomores, natch.

What are you reading now?

March by Geraldine Brooks.

What is your favorite movie?

The Lady Eve by Preston Sturges.

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Finish my book, watch a movie, knit.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

A drawing by my friend Marcy Hermansader entitled A Rock a Day.

What annoys the heck out of you?

Using reference as a verb.

Do you eat fast food?


Do you consider yourself an urban, suburban or rural person?

I'm at least occasionally urbane.

Who are your role models?

Depends on the subject—Eleanor Roosevelt for all-around amazingness; but Claire McCardell and Bonnie Cashin for clothes; Anita Loos for resourcefulness and wit; writers like Gabriela Mistral, H.D., May Swenson...I'm easily inspired.

What's your favorite thing about where you grew up?

It was hot and colorful.

What single piece of advice would you give to Smithies?


6/26/08   Compiled by Eric Sean Weld
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