Philosophy Professor Jack Kerwick
Professor Kerwick’s philosophy courses have long been known to engage and foster discussion. He’s an exceptional instructor with whom students connect quickly; yet his classes can be quite demanding; therefore participation is crucial.
Kerwick hails from Trenton and earned his undergraduate degree at both Mercer County Community College and Wingate University. Currently he teaches philosophy at Rowan College in Burlington County.
Early Life and Education
Leo Kirouac was a printer at a local newspaper who found himself struggling financially, leading him to move to Lowell where he began publishing weekly French language publications such as L’Impartial.
Jack was raised in this small mill town. His mother Gabrielle lavished all her attention upon him – feeding him special foods and lavishing lavish amounts of attention upon him. But Jack always found himself competing with Nin for Gabrielle’s affections.
Jack had an affinity for English that was unmatched; according to Lucien Carr, he was “overawed by its beauty, versatility and strength”. This appreciation shaped his work whether writing silly nonsense or deciphering ancient poetry; ultimately becoming part of what made him a felaheen: an outsider to industrial society upholding old values.
Kerwick, who served as interim coach during this year, was officially named head coach of Big Red in June 2014. He marks only the 11th head coach in its 121-year history.
At first, Jack befriended Roland Salvas and GJ Apostolos; together they would gather at Vinny’s parents’ front parlour to play cards, wrestle, and laugh around. Jack often brought scripts along that he’d perform for any members of Vinny’s family who happened by.
He wrote his own comics and serial sagas for children; unfortunately his sister threw away all his childhood writings during an attic cleaning process. Later he read widely in philosophy, politics, religion and culture.
Achievement and Honors
Kerwick has written numerous articles and books on philosophy, politics, religion, and culture. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society; studied abroad in Freiburg Germany; is part of the International Association for Philosophy of Religion; his surname may have Irish, Breton or Cornish roots – though no definitive source can be found for its origins. Kerwick currently resides in Mount Laurel NJ with his wife and son where he teaches at Burlington County College while serving as lifelong Roman Catholic; radio/TV talk shows regularly feature his lectures as guests.
Kerouac spent his later years living in Ozone Park and suffering from illness and depression. Despite these challenges, however, some of his greatest work such as The Town and the City, poetry, short stories, influenced musicians such as 10,000 Maniacs and Barenaked Ladies songs was written during this period and is even commemorated with its name being given as a street name in Lanmeur, France.
Kerwick was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey where he attended McCorristin Catholic High School of Franklin Park and Wingate University in North Carolina before earning a Ph.D in Philosophy from Temple University and teaching at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel – living there with his wife and their son.
Kerwick has written extensively about philosophy, politics, religion and culture for numerous publications such as Time, the New York Times and Murica. Additionally he lectures and teaches philosophy courses at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel NJ where he also earned a Ph.D in Philosophy as well as being two-time Division III national championship lacrosse coach at Hobart and William Smith colleges – where his two teams won national titles under his guidance! In 1998 Kerwick donated the home where Jack Kerouac wrote his famous book ‘The Dharma Bums’ which he owned before giving it away as part of an art project to non-profit group.