Know Your Professor: Wanda Torres Gregory

March 29, 2012

Wanda Torres Gregory

Professor Gregory is chair of the Philosophy Department and her passion for the Simmons vision and women's empowerment makes her a perfect fit to feature during Women's History Month! She has been the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and has taught over fifteen different courses at Simmons.

What is your favorite class to teach?

I love teaching the Seminars in Philosophy, where I've taught Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein--my favorite philosophers.

What book are you currently reading?

Une mort tres douce (A Very Easy Death) by Simone de Beauvoir. I've read it in English, but I wanted to practice reading French literature as I prepare for my Existentialism course in which we will discuss this book.

What's your favorite book?

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges. I love it so much that I don't own a copy presently because I'm always giving mine away to others who have not read his stories!
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to have dinner with my late Grandmother; her cooking, of course!

What's your favorite band/artist?

Lucecita Benítez - a Puerto Rican singer with a powerful voice that gives me goosebumps.

Fill in the blank: When I was in college, I ______

was most definitely a NERD!

What's your favorite website or social network?

I love to browse the books on amazon.com and post pictures of my garden on Facebook.

What's your favorite restaurant in Boston?

Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel

If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

I would visit Amsterdam because for some reason or other, I have not been able to visit the Van Gogh Museum, yet.

When I'm not teaching, I'm ______

Either working on my next book (The Development of Martin Heidegger's Concept of Language) or thinking about it.

Do you have a hidden talent?

My hidden talent is gardening--a "budding" talent that was "hidden" even to myself until a few years ago.

Favorite quote?

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." --Nietzsche

What song is your personal anthem?

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, a disco hit that I still sing to myself (and even dance to!) whenever I feel afraid or have self-doubt in the face of an adversity.

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because _____

I get to help empower younger women by teaching them what I love: philosophy!

Describe Simmons in one word:

Woman-empowering!