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Thomas Drake Instructor


Tom spent a highly politicized childhood in the California Central Valley, New York, Arizona, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Mexico and the Bay Area. He has hitchhiked across Israel and Alaska and spent his formative years looking for Thoreau in Bonners Ferry and Lao Tsu in China; running a chain saw in the Selkirks; and generally wandering around looking at things. Whether exploring political philosophy in literature or the nature of true love and happiness, his courses focus on making often abstract and difficult intellectual concepts accessible, relevant and applicable to all of his students, regardless of their backgrounds and interests. Recently he has spent parts of his summers traveling to Spain to better understand the Moorish influence on the Renaissance.



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