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Posner Fellows: The seeds of scholarship

Student and professor forge a lasting bond by unpacking a famous film

Introduce Posner program.

English professor Julia Stern remembers the first time she heard from Kori Cooper ‘18.

“Kori appeared in a big lecture of mine, in the second row,” Stern says. “She was this phenomenon. She would say things that were extraordinary; she would give these incredibly complex, rich and sophisticated interpretations of what we were reading in class.”

About a week after Stern realized Cooper’s star power, she asked Cooper to meet with her after class. Stern told Cooper about Posner and encouraged her to apply. Once Cooper was accepted, it was all but a given that she would work with Stern. Stern harbors an especially powerful connection to the program since her father, alumnus Charles Stern ‘52, was instrumental in its creation.

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