Nebraska Authors

Robert Harwick

Born 1926-06-28 Quinter, KS (USA)

Died 2006-12-14
Hastings, NE (USA)

Sunset Memorial Gardens, Hastings, NE (USA)

Robert Harwick taught English at Hastings College 1963-1990, and chaired the College's English Department for 12 years. In various positions at Hastings he led training for English teachers and helped the College build an international training program for teachers. In the context of that program, in 1973 Harwick taught as a guest Professor at the University of Dundee in Scotland and the University of London in England. After his 1990 retirement, Harwick taught part time at Hastings College and the Hastings Correctional Center. Harwick was a deeply respected and much loved teacher. When he retired, his former students, and his friends and fellow faculty members established the Robert Harwick English Scholarship at Hastings College to support students of English with high academic achievement.

Elsewhere in the state, Harwick is remembered as a Willa Cather enthusiast. He lectured on Cather at symposia sponsored by the Cather Center, the Nebraska Center for the Book and others. He served on the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Board of Governors, and with the Nebraska Council for the Humanities.

Places Lived

Hastings, NE: 1963-2006

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Willa Cather scholar


BA in English, 1953, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE
Master of Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D, 1965, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE



Places Worked

United States Army Air Corps: 12/11/1944-10/31/1945
University of Omaha, Omaha, NE
Doane College, Crete, NE
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Hastings College, Hastings, NE: 1963-1990


Served on the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Board of Governors
Lecturer for the Nebraska Council for the Humanities


National Council of Teachers of English


Willa Cather and Nebraska. (Video Presentation at Lincoln City Libraries, 70 minutes) 1988. In HR

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