Sharyn Clough: Intellectual Heroes

Richard Rorty, 1931-2007, Photo credit, Lionel Metz. Reading Rorty has taught me that despite the contingent nature of all the values we hold dear, we still have to get out of bed in the morning to try to make the world a better place. He died June 8, 2007 and left us to continue this challenge. Let's make him proud! For more about Rorty's work, click here.

Alan Turing, 1912-1954, mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher, code-breaker, ahead of his time. My favourite website is hosted by Turing's biographer, Andrew Hodges, the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma on which the movie The Imitation Game was loosely based. Visit his page here. I prefer the 1996 movie Breaking the Code where Turing is played by Derek Jacobi. It's on YouTube.

Angela Davis, feminist, socialist, advocate for prison reform, seen here at a book signing for Women's History Month at Rowan University, March 1999. For more about Davis's work, click here. 

Gord Downie, singer/songwriter, The Tragically Hip. Photo credit, Clemens Rikken. Where most bands get you excited about sex, drugs and rock and roll, Gord Downie gets you excited about sex, shipwrecks, and arcane Canadiana. For more about the Tragically Hip, click here. In a heartbreaking update, Dec. 2015 Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. The band played a last cross-Canada tour in the summer of 2016 where I got to see them live one last time in Vancouver, BC.


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