Bill New has been on the faculty of the Education and Youth Studies Department at Beloit College for 22 years, where he is Chair and Director of Teacher Education. Prior to coming to Beloit, he taught at DePauw University for several years. also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece and Slovakia, and directed a study abroad program in the Czech Republic. Most of his research over the past two decades has concerned minority education, specifically Roma education in post-communist Europe, undertaken in an interdisciplinary vein. Bill has won various awards for his short fiction and poetry over the years. His abiding preoccupation is the question of what learning is, how it happens, and how and why and where it fails to happen. For the last few years he has explored these questions with his students at Beloit through drumming, mindfulness, and various kinds of performance.