Beloved Professor Returns to Campus for Lecture Series
More than 200 alumni, students, faculty and friends turned out for the first annual history department-sponsored Hartje Lecture, March 31, featuring keynote speaker and Professor Emeritus of History Robert G. Hartje.
Titled “Storytelling and History: Making Sense of the Civil War from a Fanciful Mind Set,” Hartje’s address made history come alive for those in attendance. Also during the lecture, senior Rex E. Van Wormer received the Martha and Bob Hartje Award in History for his appreciation of the narrative and biographical approach to the study of history, his recognition of the importance of history and his understanding of the methods used by historians.
Widely published and the recipient of the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1967, Hartje taught for 32 years at Wittenberg prior to his retirement in 1988..