George E. Harding is a true Southerner. He was born in Alabama and has lived in every state from Texas to South Carolina, including Tennessee, and has worked in Kentucky. He studied at Birmingham-Southern College (BA German), Mississippi State University (MA German/French) and the University of Tennessee (PhD, Germanic Languages and Literatures). His field of study is medieval German and French literature. An avid traveler since 1966, when he first attended a summer school in Leysin, Switzerland, Dr. Harding has visited most of the countries in western Europe as well as Poland and the Czech Republic. In the western hemisphere, he has traveled in the Bahamas, Mexico, and Ecuador on various occasions. Since 2004 Dr. Harding has served as visiting professor in the German Language and Culture Course held every summer in Schmalkalden, Germany, and serves as faculty liaison for FMU with the University of Trier. Dr. Harding has also worked with the Atlantische Akademie in Kaiserslautern where he presented workshops on South Carolina and Southern Culture throughout the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Additionally, he has led groups to seminars on history and political science to the PfalzAkademie in Lambrecht and in Berlin. He is married and has two sons and three grandchildren. A licensed private pilot and a certified keel boat sailor, Dr. Harding is married to Sara Harding, an adjunct professor of Spanish at FMU.