Cornerstone Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 18

An Interview With Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey JUSTIN SOHN Susan Ashbrook Harvey is the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies. I had the privilege of chatting with her about her early years, her journey to Orthodoxy, and her work as a professor at Brown. The following exchange is from our conversation. JS: Could you tell me a little bit about your childhood? SH: I was born in Rochester, NY, one of four children. My father was a theology professor in an American Baptist seminary, and also an ordained minister. My mother was an early childhood educator and later a social worker. Our family was very active in church and seminary life. Two things were instilled in us as children from the very beginning: love for books, and love for religion. Books surrounded us