Getting to Know Bishop’s – Meet Dr. Jamie Crooks

Getting to know your #Ubishops community is a must if you wish to fully immerse yourself into the BUbble! We decided to help you out by conducting monthly interviews with staff and faculty that contribute to the school’s success. This month we had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Jamie Crooks, Philosophy Professor.


Favourite book of all-time?
The book that has been most influential in my life is Rocket Richard by Montreal sports writer Andy O’Brien.  It’s a biography of the Canadiens’ great that delivers two crucial lessons: Do everything with a kind of religious fire in your belly.  Never, under any circumstances, give up.

Favourite group or singer?
The Beatles. Also Leonard Cohen as an old man with the “4 packs a day” voice.

Favourite movie of all-time?
When We Were Kings – a superb documentary about the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman.

Favourite spot on campus?
I’ve had a lot of good times in Turner Studio.

Favourite spot off-campus?
Hard to beat the deck of the Pilsen Pub in North Hatley in the middle of summer!

Favourite #Ubishops moment?
That’s difficult since I’ve been here 30 years. I’m going to say the Men’s Basketball National Championship in 1998. That team taught us everything we need to know about the nature of excellence.

Describe #Ubishops in three words.
Funny, frustrating, irreplaceable.

If you had to switch jobs with someone on campus, what would it be and why?
Most of the other jobs seem frightening and incomprehensible. It would be cool to drive the crane that lifts people up to repair roofs – but I’d need to stay safely in the vehicle on the ground at all times! 

If you had to join a club or student group on campus, what would it be and why?
The yoga club looks good. Painful, but good.

If you had to go back to school, which program would you pick and why?
I’ve always regretted not being better at languages – so I’d head for the Department of Modern Languages. 

To learn more about the Philosophy Department: https://www.ubishops.ca/academic-programs/faculty-of-arts-and-science/humanities/philosophy/

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