Explore the debate and science of Doktorvater.

May 4, 2024

Doktormutter and Languages of Old

Peter Cohee

Professor Slater taught me how to prepare and read as a serious student, not imposing my vain and lazy interpretation on a text but mastering the granular details of a language to make the vast s......

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April 20, 2024

The Case of the Anguished Airman

F.R. Duplantier

There are only two good reasons for attending graduate school: (1) getting a degree prerequisite to a teaching career, and (2) having nothing better to do. 

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April 6, 2024

Doktorväter: A Memoir

Stefania R. Jha

It would be difficult to decide which of the five Doktorväter were most influential in my development as a scholar—they all contributed in various ways by their example of humanity, exactin......

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March 9, 2024

A Portrait of Claireve Grandjouan

Helaine L. Smith

Claireve Grandjouan, when I knew her, was Head of the Classics Department at Hunter College, and that year gave a three-hour Friday evening class in Egyptian archaeology.

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February 24, 2024

Roland Hoover and the Role of a Great Faculty Adviser

Joshua T. Katz

"The first disappointment I felt when I entered Yale as a freshman in August 1987 came when I learned who had been assigned as my faculty adviser. Within a minute of meeting Mr. Hoover, however, I......

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February 10, 2024

A Tribute to Russel B. Nye (1913-1993)

Dale M. Herder

A heartwarming submission for our Doktorvater series. In it, Dr. Dale Herder shares the story of a professor who helped shape his intellectual journey.

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