Christopher Blaker, CAS '16
Features Editor, Historical Society of Michigan

Best memory from OU:
Walking out of Varner Hall after successfully defending my thesis last spring and knowing I was going to graduate with my master's degree.

Prideful accomplishment:
Spending my summer semester of 2015 in the Washington D.C. area working for the History Division of the U.S. Marine Corps. I co-authored a book while I was there, which is scheduled to be released this year.

If you could come back to OU and take one class over again, which class would you take and why?
Definitely the history department's Colloquium in History, because it opened my mind to so many new aspects of historical study--especially theory and historiography.

What is your hidden talent?
I'm big into songwriting and musical composition. I like to blend genres when I write. Lately I've been amalgamating vocal elements of 1960s sunshine pop with more contemporary acoustic rock instrumentals, and the resulting sound is VERY cool.

If you could have any super hero power, what would it be and why?
I'd have the power to stop--or at least slow--time. There are so many books to read, records to listen to, interesting people to meet, fascinating places to visit, and new cultures to experience.

If you were on a deserted island and could only take one thing, what would it be and why?
I'd bring my copy of From Here to Eternity by James Jones. It's my favorite book, and at 681 pages, it's very unlikely I'd finish it before I ran out of food on this island, so at least I wouldn't ever be bored.


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