This is a blog about my experiences living and teaching in a country called Georgia. I strive to be interesting and informative. I devote a lot of attention to social issues, and a lot of attention to food, so if you are interested in either of those topics as they apply to Georgia, you’re in the right place.
My name is Neal Zupancic. My last name is the Americanized version of Zupančič, which the fifth most common surname in Slovenia, and most likely what my ancestors were called prior to their departure from the Old World. I was born and raised in New York City, although you wouldn’t necessarily know it from my accent, which has been described to me as “generic,” whatever that means.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Hunter College in New York. My concentrations were Political Theory and American Law. I have also studied computer science, drama, linguistics, anthropology, linguistic anthropology, women’s studies, theatre, and philosophy, among other things. I am currently putting this diverse educational background to use by teaching various subjects (mostly computer science) at a private school in Tbilisi.
“panoptical” is my wordpress user id, taken from my first WordPress blog, which contained various philosophical musings and hasn’t been updated very much in the last few years. I also use “panoptical” when discussing academic or philosophical subjects on the internet. The name comes from Bentham’s “panopticon” which I read about in Foucault during a gender studies class that I took in college. Foucault has since influenced my thinking a great deal, and reading him will take you a long way towards understanding why I am so weird.
For more information about Georgia-the-country, I highly recommend my brand new “Really Useful Information” page. Of course, your mileage may vary.
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