We are delighted to meet – or for some of us, be reunited with Christopher Sapp, new to the faculty this year but not new to IUB. Read on: "After years of reading this newsletter as an alumnus, what a privilege to be writing an entry as a faculty member! This has been quite the whirlwind year for me and my family. After 14 years on the faculty at the University of Mississippi, I took a sabbatical in Klagenfurt last Fall. In Austria, I worked on my current book project Linguistic and Metrical Criteria for Dating Eddic Poetry, Dinorah taught English at the Alpen-Adria-Universität, and Olivia started 3rd grade in a castle. In the Spring, it was my turn to be the trailing spouse as Dinorah began a fellowship at the educational outreach division at the U.S. Embassy in Chile. About a week into that, before I could even start a Spanish course, we had to leave Chile and return to Mississippi (with a few stops on the way). Luckily, I soon had a job offer from IU—an excellent consolation prize!
We are delighted to be back in Bloomington, which I have always long my intellectual home. Although some of our old haunts like the Irish Lion are off limits to us for a while, we are spending a lot of time in Bryan Park and the wonderful new walking/biking trails. I am currently teaching a course (online) about Eddic poetry and its reimaginings (think Wagner and Tolkien). Soon I'll be teaching the same graduate courses that I once took, like German Syntax and Gothic, bringing my academic career back to where it began 22 years ago."