Staff Spotlight: Meet Chris Cepil

Chris Cepil
  1. Name, job title, location? Chris Cepil, Print Collections Supervisor, Lauinger Library Access Services
  2. What do you do—in 10 words or less? I maintain and make readily available Georgetown's physical collections.
  3. Where are you from? A complicated question for a wanderer! I grew up in Florida, but consider Connecticut and Scotland homes. Before I moved to DC, I was living in Montreal, Quebec.
  4. Do you have any hobbies? I love tabletop gaming and will talk about games and my (unreasonably large) collection of them all day if you let me. I've been especially into trick-taking card games lately. I also enjoy running.
  5. What are you reading/watching/listening to right now? I'm currently reading Eric Foner's Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution. I'm watching the second season of Only Murders in the Building, and I've currently got The 1975's newest single, Happiness, on loop.
  6. What are you looking forward to about fall? Besides the cooler weather (I really can't handle heat), I'm very eager to watch the leaves change and for Trader Joe's pumpkin ice cream to return.
  7. If you could have a ticket to any event from any time, what would it be and why? I would most want to see George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822, something described later as "one and twenty daft days." I did my graduate work on Scottish national identity, and the first visit of a British monarch to Scotland in two centuries was a pivotal moment for the place of tartan in Scottish identity and a sense of nationhood within Britain. I'd absolutely love to see George roll up in a kilt to the Highland Ball thrown in his honor, Sir Walter Scott looking ever so pleased to have orchestrated the whole thing.
  8. What couldn't you live without? Sugar. I have a major sweet tooth, so bring on the ice cream, baked goods, candies... I went sugar-free for about 6 months once. It was harrowing.
  9. What's your favorite vacation spot? There's nothing quite as spectacular to me as the Highlands of Scotland. I could spend a lifetime hiking those mountains and glens.
  10. If you didn't work in your current field, what would you be doing? My first instinct is to say board game designer, but that's tough to make a career out of. So probably a kooky history teacher.