By Janet Beckmann
You of unbounded energy and joy, what a gift! You exemplify the Renaissance individual, but in addition, and specific to you, David Gies, is this ability to link us to what we want to know perhaps even before we realize we are looking. You were the one with a vision for high school teachers who are mired in “Spanish One Land,” a vision to bring them together in the spring for Center for the Liberal Arts’ presentations. You arranged summer institutes at UVA so secondary teachers could immerse themselves in scholarship for three weeks. And most important to me was the work with Cine con Clase, your gift to Spanish teachers, Spanish students, and film-lovers everywhere. Thank you.