Professor, Political Science
It was a blustery 33 degrees outside, and Michael Mosher, TU professor of political science, began warming up for his first marathon in Paris. It was Sunday, April 6, 2008, and not only was the weather alternating between bouts of sunshine, rain and hail, it was also snowing.
"I have rarely seen snow in Paris, even in winter, which gives one an idea of how cold it was Sunday during the Marathon de Paris. But better chilly than hot," Mosher said.
Mosher was part of a Tulsa delegation of runners most of whom had never before been to Paris. He served as a guide. Nearly 30,000 competed in the race, and Mosher completed it in four hours and 58 minutes. The course ran a circle route from the Arc de Triomphe to the Bois de Vincennes and back. Cheers from 200,000 spectators fueled the runners, while music and other festivities took place along the marathon route.
Mosher trained for the race in Tulsa along the Arkansas River and cut nine minutes off his best practice time during the Paris race. However, the trip wasn't all sneakers and pavement. While abroad, the French-speaking professor visited with former students Katherine Parks (BA 2007, French and Political Science) at Sciences-Po in Paris, and Justin Jacobs (BA 2003, Classics and Political Science) at Cambridge University in England.
While in Cambridge, Mosher prepared for a seminar about the history of political thought and intellectual history. He's an expert on the French political philosopher Charles-Louis de Secondat et de Montesquieu and was invited to return to Cambridge to give a paper on the figure in the university's history of political thought program. The paper will be published in a Cambridge University Press Book.