Sheri Lullo is an associate professor of Asian art history. Her research focuses on the archaeology of ancient China, particularly items of personal adornment and dress. Professor Lullo began teaching at Union in 2011. She lives in Old Niskayuna with her husband, Aymeric, who is from France, and their two boys, Sebastian and Elias, ages 7 and 5. On weekends, they can be found hiking one of the beautiful trails in our region, or getting lunch and a good coffee in Hudson, N.Y.
FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: My email
ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: “The Song of Youth” by Yang Mo. I read this when I was in college because a graduate student friend was writing her dissertation on it. It’s about a young woman struggling to live out her potential in early 20th century China. I loved it to begin, but it was only on the second or third read, when I was a bit older, that I began to appreciate the novel’s place in Chinese history, the meaning of Socialist Realism and the fact that the author is a female writing in 1950s China.
BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: Read widely.
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Anywhere Jackson’s Garden, and like most, that little bench under the Ginkgo tree
GO-TO BREAKFAST: Just coffee or chai, please
NETFLIX OR AMAZON: Actually, Schenectady Public Library :)
FAVORITE PODCAST: The BBC’s “In Our Time.” This may sound stuffy, but this podcast is basically a bunch of academics gathered together to talk about different topics in history or science. Trust me, it’s really great.
ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: Multi-pitch trad climbing (which involves ascending climbing routes with one or more stops at a belay station); my best friend does it.
ANOTHER SUBJECT YOU WISH YOU COULD TEACH: French film
BEST EXCUSE YOU EVER HEARD FOR A LATE ASSIGNMENT: This is a bit different, but one term, half the class wanted me to move the date of the midterm because it conflicted with the Super Bowl.