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#FacultyFriday Q&A: Dr. Hans-Georg Erney

We’ve been bringing Faculty Fridays Q& A to you once a month this semester. We think our professors are pretty great, and we want to share them with you all. But this isn’t your typical interview or Q&A session. We want to shed a little insight into some of their quirks or deepest desires (like…what’s their most coveted superpower)

April’s Faculty Friday feature? None other than Dr. Hans-Georg Erney!


Q: During the zombie apocalypse, what’s one book, poem, movie, play, or short story we would be surprised you’re taking with you?

A: Any Wimmelbilderbuch by Ali Mitgutsch, because there’s always something new to discover.

Q: Hero, Anti-hero, or Villain? Because…

A: Rollo Greb, a minor character from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: my first American hero, long before I ever came to this country.

Q: If you could have dinner and a drink with any author, thinker, or critic, what are you having for dinner? What are you drinking? And why this person?

A: I would have dinner with Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana. We are eating dal, roti, and some raita. We’d share a mango lassi and argue about Rama’s perfection.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

A: Night train test sleeper

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: Rather

Q: What is your least favorite word?

A: inappropriate

Q: What’s your superpower: invisibility, flying, or reading people’s minds? Why?

A: None, because superpowers are for losers.

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