Geoff Stanbury

Vice President, Alumni Club of Dallas-Fort Worth.

How long have you lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?
I've been here for just over two years now.  Long enough to feel at home, but still new enough that I've got a lot left to explore.
 
Where do you live?
I live in a carriage house above an artist's studio in the M-Streets.
 
Where do you work?
St. Mark's School of Texas, where I'm an English teacher.
 
What activity would you recommend to those new to the DFW metroplex?
Start with the Old Red Museum.  It's small, but really engaging for those who want to know more about Dallas.  Then find a patio somewhere outside of downtown to try Tex-Mex.  East Dallas and the Fort Worth Stockyards are good bets.
 
What is on your Dallas/Ft. Worth bucket list?
I'd love to learn how to sail on White Rock Lake.  Or perhaps take a kayak up the creek that runs northwards from the lake.
 
What is the last book you read?
I'm midway through The Martian Chronicles (for pleasure) and The Odyssey (for school).  The last book I completed was The Great Gatsby, which I'll be teaching for the first time this fall. 
 
What is your favorite restaurant?
Mesa -- it's a fantastic little Veracruzana restaurant down in Oak Cliff.  I ate there before Beyoncé and Jay-Z discovered it.
 
What is your favorite bookstore?
The Wild Detectives, which recently opened in Oak Cliff.  They have a really well-curated selection, plus good coffee.  Half-Priced Books is also good when I'm looking for something cheap.
 
What is your favorite alumni event?
The annual holiday party in December is always a lot of fun.  Regularly great turnouts!
 
Where was your favorite place to study on campus or in Chicago?
My amazing apartment on 53rd and Kimbark.  I still can't believe that graduate housing could be so spacious, sunny, and welcoming.
 
What was your favorite class at the UChicago?
It was either The Literature of Trauma with Lauren Berlant or Black Women Writers of the 1940s and 1950s with Jacqueline Goldsby.  Both classes changed everything for me.
 
Who was your favorite professor at UChicago?
Either Lauren Berlant or Jackie Goldsby.  The teacher makes the class.  Although I also need to give endless thanks to Candace Vogler and Jay Schleusener, the brains and spirit behind my program while I was at UofC.