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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Jed changed my life. I only took one class with him, but his kindness, generosity, and brilliance never stopped inspiring me. My career wouldn’t exist as it is today without him. Grateful for everything he did for Oberlin students.
Hannah remembering Jed Deppman
Remembering John ‘Jed’ Erickson Deppman, Irvin E. Houck Professor of Comparative Literature and English.
At Oberlin, Deppman directed the Comparative Literature Program almost without interruption, and with great success, for 15 years. Under his leadership, it has become a flagship humanities program, consistently attracting some of Oberlin’s best students, while breaking through silos to build lasting connections among the College of Arts and Sciences, Allen Memorial Art Museum, and the Conservatory of Music. He also conceived and organized Oberlin’s legendary annual Translation Symposium. Deppman believed in the transformative power of literature, art, music, and thought. He was deeply committed to rigorous humanistic scholarship as a means of deepening our understanding of life and the world. A dynamic and innovative teacher and sought-after advisor, he was ferociously demanding and unconditionally supportive of his students. In 2014, he was awarded Oberlin’s Excellence in Teaching Award and, in 2015, the Professor Props ‘Instructor of the Year.’
Anonymous remembering John “Jed” Erickson Deppman
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