Lecture topic: There and Back Again: The beauty of the unknown and not knowing what I want to be when I grow up
Teaching was never something Brendan planned to do. But not having a clear plan was not unusual for someone who has worked as a bartender, bouncer, sawmill worker, chef, kitchen manager, radio DJ, construction and slaughterhouse worker, and ironworker over the course of his life. His academic journey has had many starts and stops, and he has been to university, college, and technical school. His interests are broad and varied, ranging from classic opera to race and religion to comic book culture. He believes his experience shows that a liberal education does not start and finish in the classroom — it extends into the world beyond these walls.