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Director Lara Kriegel oversees the LLC, including academics, programming, and budgets. She works with various student groups and officers, helping to coordinate visiting alumni, scholars, and artists. She works closely with the Board of Educational Programming (BOEP) to choose Collins seminars every semester as well as to arrange fireside chats, professor dinners, and similar events.
Professor Kriegel is an interdisciplinary scholar with a joint appointment in the History and English Departments. She specializes in Victorian Studies, and has published widely on museums and exhibitions, and on warfare and empire. She teaches classes on these themes, and on such subjects as diaries, food, and entrepreneurship. Professor Kriegel is currently finishing a book on the Crimean War and its aftermath, which traces the lives and legacies of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, and the Light Brigade, among others. At the LLC, Professor Kriegel brings together her own academic interests with a broader concern for the value of learning communities. This conviction, like her intellectual expertise, is the fruit of her own higher education. As an undergraduate at Emory University, a master's student at the University of York (UK), and a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University, residence life, student leadership, and volunteerism were all mainstays of her experiences, inside and beyond the classroom.