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Q&A with Roberta Jacobson ’82

Herald: How do you think your Brown education prepared you for your work at the State Department?

Jacobson: It was quite useful. … I did political science, but I also designed — because at the time it didn’t exist — a Latin American studies major, drawing from language and political science and anthropology and sociology and things like that. And that desire to focus on the (Western) hemisphere and the ability to experiment at Brown — I just can’t overestimate that. … I hate to sound probably like everyone else who talks about Brown, but the reason you can do that experimentation is the New Curriculum. … It’s not like I was doing something incredibly radical, but still, there was encouragement for that kind of experimentation intellectually and academically that was thrilling to me.