Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2011


Great Plains Research Vol. 21 No.1, 2011


© 2011 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


John Janovy, Jr., author, parasitologist, and Varner Professor of Biological Sciences at the University ofNebraska- Lincoln, describes his book as "sort of a memoir, but one in which experience is the main character, instead of the writer." Janovy divides this experience into three sections describing his past, his present, and humanity's future.

Janovy the teacher is never far from each chapter's storyline. Describing his central theme as "education in the broadest sense, a constant learning derived from exploration of things and places," he sets out in the book's pages to engage in a discussion of big ideas just as he does in his classroom. Janovy's love of teaching is evident throughout and ought to inspire other college and university teachers.