William Harman

Profile Updated: December 5, 2020
William Harman
Residing In Pittsburgh, PA USA
Occupation Retired Religious Studies Prof
Children Ben and Elizabeth
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After graduation I spent two years in India and returned to enroll in a Ph.D. program in Indian studies at the University of Chicago, returning to India several times for field work. Married three times, divorced once. Taught 25 years at DePauw U., 14 at the U. of Tennessee. Several periods of residence in France these past 7 years. Retired in 2013 and moved to Pittsburgh with my wife, a Pitt Ph.D. Most fun: taking groups of students and faculty to India for several study programs. Least fun: dealing with mini-minded University adminis

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Dec 17, 2020 at 2:28 PM

Gideon  was for me a commanding presence, in equal parts intimidating and inspiring.  I spent time with him in French house where he showed an impressive command of the language. And I recall that he was always surrounded by women who seemed attracted to him because of his respect, kindness and sense of purpose. He knew what he was about and demonstrated amazing talents in directing (I believe) a German language play on campus. We weren't really friends, but I admired how thoughtful he was, never without a well-considered opinion about language, literature, living arrangements at Oberlin...you name it. His was an effortlessly imposing presence.  He lived life at 140%, and I marveled at where he got all his energies and his talent. He was a driving force on the French House soccer team and offered explicit directions to those of us who knew little about the game. I remember once asking myself, ''How does he know all this stuff?'' He enriched my life at Oberlin as a  model for what a classmate could be and do but I recall keeping him at some distance the way you would keep a revered teacher or guru at a respectful distance. To say that he was awesome is no exaggeration.

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Thanks for the birthday wishes: spent the day celebrating with my twin brother dining on wild board, turtle, and rattlesnake. Quite an experience. Hope you are well.

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Ça sera un plaisir de te voir en Mai. J'espère que tu n'a pas oublié ton français et les jours que nous avons passés à la maison française. Il est evident que tu as bien appris le suedois après notre séjour à Oberlin. En fin, tu as fait un tas de choses depuis notres années à Oberlin. Je me tiens à me renseigner encore plus sur le sujet de la Suède, ou je n'ai que passé 3 semaines à la poursuite d'une femme qui, enfin, m'échappait. Mais ça fait 30 ans, à peu près. On se rejoint en Mai!

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