Let's Lookby Steve Charles
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German professor Greg Redding’s office is in the coolest architectural space on campus—the tower of Detchon Center.
"I’m the only one here who really does work in an ivory tower," he jokes, poking at the false ceiling panels in his office, pushing them up to see what’s above them.
His probing is my fault. I asked what the space above his office—a cavernous opening that’s just begging for a huge brass bell—looked like from the inside.
"I don’t know," he told me as he cleared a space on his desk, climbed up, and began lifting the panels. "Let’s look!"
That knee-jerk instinct to explore has defined Greg Redding since he returned to Wabash. Notice, it’s a collaborative venture: "Let’s look!"
Whether accompanying him to Cologne, Germany this spring, traveling with him to German-American sites throughout Indiana in 2005, or working as research interns through the Know Indiana program, Redding’s students frequently experience that moment of discovery right alongside him.
Their "naivete" inspires discovery.
"Naive questions are sometimes the right questions," Redding explains. "As the so-called experts, we may make incorrect assumptions, and students can help us get to the heart of the right question a little more quickly."
"I hadn’t done any research in the field of German-American studies before I came to Wabash, so I’ve spent the last several years reading widely and acquiring this research base," Redding says. "I had to explain much of that context for these projects to Andy and Tim—you never really know something until you have to explain it to someone else. So I emerged from the summer truly understanding for the first time parts of this cultural studies model—had that ‘Aha!’ moment where it all came together.
Read more about Redding and his students’ research here.
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