Name: Branden Hunt
Hometown: Maryville, TN
I like looking at how people think and what it is they value. I wanted to study the way people make sense of their world in a way that I had little exposure too. I think philosophy is the way I want to go about doing that. In philosophy, you can see how the universal search for truth has and is unfolded from many different angles—from Hegel’s phenomenology through Kierkegaard’s A Sickness unto Death and Fear & Trembling along with Kant’s three Critiques.
I guess I would have to say it’s a tossup between [Immanuel] Kant and [Søren] Kierkegaard and their contrasting understandings of religious faith.
I really like the small classrooms and it’s great that you’re actually able to have a discussion instead of being in lecture for 50 minutes. I can’t really imagine being a philosophy major with sixty students in one room; I couldn’t fathom having a good discussion in that kind of class dynamic.
You need to understand that it’s a serious time commitment and that it sometimes feel like you never have enough time. At some point, you just have to put the axe to the grindstone and make the most of the time you’ve got; you have to learn how to organize your days.
I have two: Downstairs in Thaw library in the stacks and the Bartlett sitting room, depending on what time of the year it is.
I’m definitely going to go with The Hobbit for my favorite book. As far as movies, I like the somewhat recent Les Miserables with Liam Neeson.
I really enjoyed my Intro to Philosophy course (Philosophy 150). It affirmed my choice in majors and that MC was a good decision.
Actually, I’m a commuter and between work and family, I don’t have much time on campus.
There’s excellent parking at MC and there are great places to eat around here, either on campus or within a very short walk for those days when you forget to pack your lunch.
Right now, my wife and I really enjoy farming and gardening. We have 25 chickens at home and we’re about to get a couple goats.
Emily Brewer ('10) and a friend in Guatemala.
Name: Emily Brewer
During Emily Brewer's years at MC, she interned with the Presbyterian Church USA Young Adult Volunteer program in Guatemala.
Brewer explains, "My responsibilities mostly were working with the "Pastoral del la Mujer" which works with women, helping to build self-esteem. La Fraternidad also does organic agriculture training, health and nutrition training, as well as some other community-building and sustaining ministries."