Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Nov 2001, 12:19 p.m.

A professor here whose classes I really enjoyed, who was…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

A professor here whose classes I really enjoyed, who was so smart, so thought-provoking, so accessible to students, so penetrating, so willing to admit when he was wrong, has died. I just got an email from the political science advisors saying that Michael Rogin died over the Thanksgiving holidays, while in Paris.

I didn't know him that well, but I took two classes with him. What a dynamite lecturer he was -- fifty insights every hour, exhilirating and cogent. He sponsored one of the classes I taught. He took practically half a semester off a year ago to have and recover from heart surgery, but now he's dead. Brilliant man. I've cried and I probably will again.

He's left a lot behind. Thousands of students took note of things he said. He made me think. I miss him already.