Economics Prof Lou Junker: Free Speech & Critical Thinking

Lou Junker ranks highest among several outstanding professors I encountered at Western Michigan University in the mid to late ‘60s. His forte, as I reflect on the decades that have passed, was challenging students’ conventional thinking and in so doing prompting an examination of one’s own beliefs.  In today’s idiom, Junker was empowering. He opened doors to critical thinking and self-confidence. But the corollary to … Continue reading Economics Prof Lou Junker: Free Speech & Critical Thinking

Getting a Superb Education in Kalamazoo

 When I arrived at Kalamazoo in 1964 I had no idea just how much seven years in that comfortable Midwestern city would shape my life. An indifferent high school student, upon completing community college in Grand Rapids I went west and worked as a deck hand on a Swedish freighter bound for Australia. After five months of week after week, $100 per month physical toil, … Continue reading Getting a Superb Education in Kalamazoo