Experiencing Harro Mueller was one of the most bizarre encounters I expect to have at Columbia. This is a professor with a razor-thin command of the English language, yet rarely uses a word that has less than three syllables. The result is that a seminar on one of history's most controversial philosophers wound up being reduced to a gigantic effort to decipher the words coming out of Harro's mouth.
The structure of his course could not have been less engaging - a rambling, obscurantist summary from Harro of one of Nietzsche's works, followed by a student presentation of another of Nietzsche's works. Since these student presentations happened every day and took up the majority of class, very little actual teaching occurs as a result of Harro's communication problems. What's more, I'm pretty sure he didn't know anybody's name, and I'm also pretty sure he hasn't made the jump to e-mail, so don't bother with trying to access him outside of class. He is definitely an amusing artifact - he's a hardcore German intellectual who doesn't bother to make himself accessible, but one wonders how much of this is out of choice.