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It was Sherif's view that there were enough promising leads within his framework to keep many talented people busy for years. One of the students in whom Muzafer had invested most heavily, and therefore counted on to promote his approach in social psychology, was O. J. Harvey. O. J. had worked as a research assistant to Muzafer and was the camp director in the Robbers Cave Study. Sherif had collaborated with Harvey as coauthor on four articles, as well as the Robbers Cave book. The connection with Sherif was undoubtedly helpful in arranging Harvey's postdoctoral fellowship at Yale and his subsequent faculty positions at Vanderbilt and Colorado Universities.
The latter was an article of faith with Sherif, as he believed the classroom was by and large a "captive audience," which professors could misuse as a platform to espouse views that they would never dare to put before their lIThe fIrst fIve of these conferences were held at the University of Oklahoma and the last two at Pennsylvania State University. Muzafer Sherif: Portrait of a Passionate Intellectual 29 academic peers. The unrepresentativeness was something that could be corrected later in a student's education, and this was more than compensated by the richness and coherence of Sherif's lectures, which helped many people to make sense of the world and inspired several people to want to learn more about social psychology.
J. Harvey, Jim Whittaker, and Nick Pollis, all PhD advisees of Muzafer's, as suitable successors to himself. In the case of Whittaker, the process went as far as a formal offer from the university to be both director of the institute and chairman of the Psychology Department at Oklahoma. However, negotiations over contractual conditions failed, and Whittaker turned the offer down-much to Sherif's consternation. Within a few years, the institute folded. By 1986 when Muzafer visited the Norman campus, the current occupants were not aware that their building had once housed the Institute of Group Relations.
Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE (The History of Philosophy)