Know Your Professor: Candy Schwartz

April 15, 2014

Candy Schwartz

Professor Candy Schwartz, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, recently celebrated her 35th anniversary at Simmons. We asked her a few questions!

What's your favorite class to teach?

I can't play favorites - I love them all, for different reasons.

What's your favorite book?

The Lord of the Rings, which I read for the first time in 1958, when I was 11, and just about every year since (some years I might instead (or also) re-read some of the rest of the canon).

What's your favorite website or social network?

Right now I love Fict Fact because it helps me keep track of my mystery reading. I am also usually active on Twitter, when it's not grading season.

What's your favorite restaurant in Boston?

Cambridge 1 in Harvard Square for lunch, Panera for the cinnamon scones, and Five Guys for the fries, which are pretty close to the Montreal fries I grew up with. We don't eat dinner out in this country - we save it for travel.

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

Paris, because no matter how many times we go, it never fails to reveal something new. If I had time and money, Sydney, Australia, because we've never been.

When I'm not teaching...

I'm doing some combination of watching TV, reading, doing killer Sodoku, traveling, learning languages, and listening to European roots music.

Do you have a hidden talent?

If I have been keeping my lessons up to date, I can speak a little bit of Quenya and Sindarin, the Elvish languages of Tolkien.

Favorite quote?

"A jester unemployed [da da da da] is nobody's fool." As sung by Danny Kaye in The Court Jester.

What song is your personal anthem?

This is tough, because music has been a key part of my life forever. I guess "Let Me Die in My Footsteps" or "The Times They Are a Changin'" as sung by Bob Dylan. These were my anthems at a period of my life when indeed the times were changing.

Fill in the blank: I love my students because...

They laugh at my jokes, light up when they learn, and teach me so much.

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because...

We care about teaching, we are small enough so you can get to know almost everybody, and we are in the heart of the best small city (and also the closest to Europe).