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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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April 6, 2024

Stranger in a Strange Land

Forest Hansen

It wasn’t until I joined the faculty that I learned I was entering a somewhat foreign culture. I can best sum it up as “a culture of pretense.”

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March 23, 2024

Misadventures of a Reluctant Student—A Whimsical Memoir

Nils A. Haug

Education. What does that really mean? Does it imply certain requirements such as a university degree or a high school certificate to succeed in life? What is it exactly that makes a person educated?

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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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March 9, 2024

A Two-Part Tale: Life at Rutgers College

Paul J. Sundermier

In 1964 we were not yet into the “60’s” as people remember that decade; it was much more like the 50s. At Rutgers back then, life was much as it must have been for several decad......

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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 24, 2024

Tails from Campus: The Illegal Rat

Jane L. Johnson

"During my undergraduate years at an elite East Coast women's college from 1960-64, I sorely missed a furry companion to keep me company in my monastic single room. My father ... sug......

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February 24, 2024

My Favorite Undergraduate History Professor

John M. Brown

"By contemporary recommended educational procedures and commonly accepted best practices, Dr. Jensen did it “all wrong.” Yet he became, and remains, my all-time favorite college teache......

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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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