Academic Life in Theory and in Practice

These pages cover the years from 1965 to the present and images and comments from Louis A. Picard on his experiences and observations on and in the academic business.


Getting an Education

Delta College (1961-1963).

The College of Letters was an experimental program developed at least in part the stealth within the community college that was created in 1961. .  Only a few hundred students were admitted to it.  Most admitted were well qualified for admission.  The program was pan-disciplinary, open class room and for many who taught in it, Socratic in its method.

I entered the first class enrolled in the school in September and took courses there until August of 1963 when I transferred to the University of Michigan.

Lou Picard, below, Still at Home, 1963

Lou Picard 1963

As an experimental school,  the college recruited many academics who could and later did move to research universities.  Others moved out of academia into other areas of achievement.

Among those who influenced me were:

Patricia Drury, Historian.  We are still in contact.  She is now (2014) 84.

Robert B. Pettingill, Economist

John Kirk, Philosopher  taught for many years at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Hugh Charles Hooks taught at Delta College from 1961 to 1968.  He was a Poet, literary critic and most important a musician. We became life long friends.

Lou Picard, Pauline Greenlick and Hugh Charles Hooks  c. 2004.

Click below for Charles with the Jim Beebe Band (clarinet).

The University of Michigan, August, 1963 through August of 1965.

 There were a number of academics at UM who had an impact on me.  These included:

James K. Pollock- German History, Constitutional Law and Goverment

L. H. Laing

B. Perkins

K. Reichenbach-

William Zimmerman

J. Higham

Friends in Ann Arbor included Terry Roth and his wife, Marge

Frank Birmingham ( MA’67, PhD’72, was assistant Professor of philosophy at New England College, Hennicker New Hampshire  in 1976).

Fall, 1971. Copenhagen.

My favorite Beer

Richard Stites and I were colleagues at the so called International School in Copenhagen.

Richard went on to become a world renowned Russian Historian who taught at Georgetown University.

Richard Stites, Died March 7, 2010. Helsinki, Finland.


University of Wisconsin, 1969-1970 and 1972-1976

In 1974, John Armstrong told his students that within a few years the Ukraine and the other republics would separate from the Soviet Union. His students in private just laughed and laughed at the absurdity of it.

Summer of 1974.

Lene spends the summer at Browndale Camp at Roberts Lake, Campbell River, on Vancouver Island in Canada.  I spend the summer in Madison, studying for comprehensive exams.

University of Nebraska, 1976-1977 and 1978-1997

An Old Book.

University of Pittsburgh, September 1987 to Present

With Wes Posvar, 1989

October, 1993.

Washington D.C. Reception, 2008.

A Book of Interest, c. 1995.

Another book of interest, 1996.

Ghana, 2005.

G20 Summit on Development and Foreign Aid, Pittsburgh, October 2009.

Purposeful Penny Event, September 18, 2010.

“Haitian Aid”

Samara, Russia 2011

Like a fish out of water.

But the food and drink are good.

On a visit to see a model facility..  A bit of the USSR.

African Studies Conference, March 29, 2012.

With Raymond Geselbracht, Harry S. Truman Library. Truman Symposium on Foreign Aid, May 19, 2012.