Patricia Rohrer


 I grew up in Wisconsin, earned my undergraduate degree at Rice University in Houston, and have lived and worked all over the country. New York City, where I completed a PhD at Columbia University Teachers College, and lived for 20 years, still feels the most like home.  But here in Utah, I am extremely privileged and grateful to have found a wonderful professional home in the vibrant intellectual community of the Honors College. In addition to the Intellectual Traditions sequence, I teach for the Clemente Course, an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum for underserved high school students, and co-ordinate the U of U’s participation in the pilot program.

 I love to teach because I love to learn. In all my teaching I hope to impart to my students, and model for them, Rilke’s well-known advice: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves….” In the same vein, my research involves questions concerning literature as a philosophical curriculum and pedagogy in the humanities.

Honors Classes

HONOR 2101 Intellectual Traditions: The Ancient World (beginnings to 100 CE)
HONOR 2102 Intellectual Traditions: The Development of the Common Era (100 to 1600 CE)
HONOR 2103 Intellectual Traditions: The Modern World (1600 to the present)

Works Link

UofU Faculty Profile: Bibliography

Curriculum Vitae


UofU Faculty Profile: Teaching