Irving Epstein edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide and Recapturing the Personal, a collection of essays exploring the human side of teaching practices around the world.
Your hometown? Born in Los Angeles, California; spent high school on Long Island.
Alma mater? B.A. Lake Forest College; M.A. University of Toronto; M.A. Claremont Graduate School; PhD. UCLA
Why Wesleyan? I’ve loved being a student at a small undergraduate liberal arts institution and have enjoyed the professional collegiality and ability to work closely with students that a school such as IWU provides.
Your teaching? I enjoy teaching in the Educational Studies and International Studies programs. I try to create classroom environments where learning is a shared experience, where discussion predominates, and where an enthusiasm for ideas is valued.
Wesleyan students? I believe that our students are genuinely kind and considerate people; many of the students I teach share a deep concern for improving the lives of others.
Biggest thrill? (Most recently) Watching the Inauguration of President Obama
For fun? Watching a good film or my beloved New York Jets win a football game.
The best? Richard Jenkins in The Visitor.
Favorite book? Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Favorite movie? The Lives of Others
Favorite band? Frontera
Favorite quote? “Do not confront me with my failures, I have not forgotten them.” — Jackson Browne
Irving Epstein
Irving Epstein is associate dean of the faculty and works with Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Fellows program.

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