Better Know a Celtic: Professor William S. Schweers Jr., JD

When and how did you come to Carlow?

2008. I was ready to transition out of law, and Emma Lucas-Darby offered me a position. I will be forever grateful to her.

 If you were given a million dollars to launch a business, what would it be?

10 years ago, I would have said opening a bookstore, and my million dollars would be gone. Amazon is about to take over the world. I’m concerned with the actual Amazon, the one in South America. I like to promote a business to protect the environment.

If you could eliminate one state in the U.S., what would it be and why?

Texas. The home on the range is the home of political retrogrades (not renegades.) If Texas were eliminated the intellectual quality of the national discourse would dramatically improve.

Favorite Friday night spot to hang out?

I’m a film buff. I like to send Friday nights at home in front of my absurdly large TV and watch movies.

What was your dream job when you were in high school?

I wanted to a poet, but my guidance counselor told me that wasn’t a real job.

 If a penguin walked into your office wearing a sombrero, what would you say to it?

“Apparently global warming isn’t a hoax after all. Take that Texas!”

You can invite any 3 people, living or dead, to lunch. Who are they?

James Joyce, David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy. I would also like to have Sigmund Freud there to make sure we don’t get too depressed.

 Do you sing while in the car? If so, what genre?

I’m too shy to sing, even when alone. Right now I listen to The National and My Morning Jacket.

What’s one thing you would like Carlow do differently?

I am in awe of the caliber of the faculty at Carlow. We need to be more aggressive in promoting the quality of the educational experience available at this fine and unique institution.

Do you read the Carlow Chronicle?

Of course, everyone should.

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