Anna Fridlis '07

While at Brandeis I did a double major in Philosophy and European Cultural Studies. I loved both programs. In the Philosophy Department I made a connection to Professor Yourgrau after taking his Idea of God course and ended up taking several more courses with him, including Philosophy of Math (fascinating!), a class focused on Plato and an independent study on the Philosopher/Mystic/Activist Simone Weil, whom Professor Yourgrau greatly admires. It was exciting to learn from him, because he is one of those professors who is deeply engaged with his subject; plus, I shared his interest in God, cosmology and mysticism. We are still in touch.

Since graduating from Brandeis, I have taught English in Prague, traveling extensively in the region, taught ESL to adult immigrants in DC, and gotten an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from The New School University in New York. I am now adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School of Design, teaching a variation on a critical reading and writing course, and I also work at The New School's Learning Center as a Writing Tutor. In the last year I edited an urban studies anthology for a Parsons professor, and won the New School Creative Writing Chapbook award for nonfiction. I am working on a memoir about my immigrating to the US from Russia in the mid-90's.