A Professor Walks Into a Bar ...

A Professor Walks Into a Bar . . . 1

Bryan Thomas for The Chronicle

Carol Gluck, a historian at Columbia U., talked at a restaurant in the East Village about how Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine resonate
with memories 
of World War II.

Paige West had worked rooms like this as a bartender, but never as an academic.

A professor of anthropology at Columbia University and Barnard College, Ms. West found herself on a recent rainy Tuesday night standing in the center of a dimly lit, long, narrow space in Pouring Ribbons, a second-floor bar on Avenue B in the East Village.

She was here to talk about the cultural and economic importance of surfing to the people of Papua New Guinea. It was a tough room. She was