It’s time to start to write some kind of report on my college odyssey. So I thought I should start by thanking everyone in the US that made this trip of mine such a pleasant and exciting experience. And why not at the same time put together some statistics.
My warmest thanks (for interesting discussions or sitting in on classes, in many cases both) to
Paul Campbell, Ranjan Roy, Bruce Atwood, David Ellis, and Tatiana Dmitrieva at Beloit College, Beloit, WI.
Deanna Haunsperger, Stephen Kennedy, Sam Patterson, Gail Nelson, Eric Egge, Andrew Gainer-Dewar and Brian Shea at Carleton College, Northfield, MN.
Karen Saxe, David Bressoud, Chad Topaz and Daniel Kaplan at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
Paul Zorn and Ted Vessey at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.
Susan Colley, Robert Young, Michael Raney, Jim Walsh, Michael Henle and Kevin Woods at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
Paul Melvin at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Thomas Hunter at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.
Joshua Sabloff at Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
Mark Huibregste, Gove Effinger and Michael Eckmann at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Andrew McIntyre, Michael Reardon and Andrew Cencini at Bennington College, Bennington, VT.
Jan Holly, Richard Fuller, Scott Taylor, Fernando Gouvêa, Ben Mathes, Otto Bretscher, Justin Sukiennik, Andreas Malmendier, Leo Livshits and Scott Lambert at Colby College, Waterville, ME.
Meredith Greer, Bonnie Shulman, Catherine Buell, Pallavi Jayawant, Peter Wong and Benjamin Weiss at Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
Robert Benedetto and David Cox at Amherst College, Amherst, MA.
Stanley Chang, Alexander Diesl, Oscar Fernandez, Karen Lange, Andrew Schultz, Jonathan Tannenhauser and Ismar Volic at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.
And thanks to the students I talked to at Macalester, Oberlin and Bennington. And all the other people I just met briefly.
Also thanks to my friends Jean Capellos, Sarah Goodwin, Steve Goodwin and Bob DeSieno. Special thanks to Sheldon Rothblatt who encouraged me to go ahead with the project and who gave me the hint to contact Lynn Steen who also gave valuable encouragement.
For financial support: Thanks to my institute, the School of Engineering, and in particular to Anders Mattsson and Hans Björk for supporting the project. Thanks to Längmanska Kulturfonden for additional support.
I visited 11 colleges (Beloit, Carleton, Macalester, Oberlin, Bryn Mawr, Skidmore, Bennington, Colby, Bates, Amherst and Wellesley) and met people from 14 colleges (add to the list: St. Olaf, Swarthmore and Haverford).
I sat in on 25 classes.
I gave 3 seminars along the way (at Beloit, Bryn Mawr and Skidmore).
I saw a lot of north-east US, many small towns and beautiful countryside, and ate a lot of good food. And the beer wasn’t bad either. What a wonderful country!