October 2015 Smithie of the Month: Anne Iskrant

Anne and John with cherries
Anne and John with cherries

Name:  Anne Sonnekalb Iskrant

Class Year:  1964

How long have you lived in Philadelphia? 

Since 1976

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

It used to be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  I like the area around Passyunk.

What are you up to now?

Retired from Cabrini College where I taught comparative literature and film and Main Line School Night, where I was a Program Director.  I still give them ideas and sometimes teachers, and take courses.  This fall I am taking Spanish and Chinese.

 What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it?

Cutter, which was new then.  I had lived in a colonial house, and wanted to live in a modern building.

Why did you choose Smith? 

I liked the people, still do. Met a woman when I lived in Bogota, Colombia, who had married a Colombian and owned a farm.  From Smith!

What is your favorite Smith tradition and why?

Reunions every 5 years!  Great to reconnect, and to find support and stimulation from people I did not know well during my four years as a student.

Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class? 

Many good ones, Phyllis Lehman, art history (she found the index finger of the Winged Victory of Samothrace!). Mrs. Kaffka who had lived through the Weimar Republic and made history come alive, Mr. Peterson, who loved Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, Leo Weinstein who made government, political philosophy, and constitutional law exciting  parts of a liberal education.


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