Eli Goldblatt

Profile Updated: November 2, 2023
Residing In Philadelphia, PA USA
Spouse/Partner Wendy Osterweil
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Occupation Professor Emeritus, Temple U (English)
Children Leo Osterweil (born 1987), married to Jenny Osterweil with their son Andre (born 2023).

I left Beloit after the summer term of 1971 for a work term in Massachusetts & a vacation term (also work) in San Francisco. I transferred to Cornell in 1972. Did various jobs along the way, spent a year in Case Western Reserve Medical School, taught high school science in Philadelphia. After a first brief marriage to Abby Ruder (Beloit '74), my wife Wendy Osterweil & I went to grad school at U of Wisconsin-Madison. Returned to Philly in 1988, completed the PhD in English (composition/rhetoric) & began teaching college at Villanova in 1990. Moved to Temple U in 1995, ran the university writing program, writing center, first year writing & taught undergrads & grads till I retired in 2019. I've published a number of books, poetry as well as writing/literacy studies. My book Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography has a chapter on my time at Beloit.

School Story

Beloit still holds many warm memories for me. I never made the kind of college friends at Cornell that I did at Beloit. My friend Joel Gordon (who would have been '74 but left Beloit when I did & eventually finished college in California) hitchhiked for the first time to the East Coast in the spring of 1971. Like many in our entering class, I mourn the loss of Steve Lubbers when he was killed in a car accident in 1973.

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