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Van Holland at Denny Hall
April 30, 2018
Greetings,    I graduated in 1969 in German and got my MA in German at the UW in 1970 and was a TA that year.  I graduated from UW Law School in 1972 and then had a career in the food industry – semi retiring this week after 45 years.  I was an exchange student in Munich in 1965/66 in 11th grade and visited some old friend there in the summer of 2016 and have been in touch with them for over 50 years.  I read a book a month in German, so that I don’t lose it.  Have lived in LA since 1974, but I... Read more
Cathleen McNally
April 16, 2018
I graduated from the UW Germanics program in 2011 with a major in German language and literature and a lot has happened since then! I’ve been living in Germany since 2012 and have gotten the chance to live and work in several regions throughout the country. Throughout my time here, I have worked in education, translation and also in the software industry. I now live in beautiful Heidelberg and am currently finishing up my MA in Translation at the Johannes Gutenberg University’s campus in... Read more
John R. te Velde
April 9, 2018
Since completing the requirements for a PhD in Germanics (dissertation on the syntax of German) at the UW in 1988, I have been employed as a professor of German, first at North Dakota State University (1987-1991), and since August, 1991 at Oklahoma State University, where I have been full professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures since 2006. From January to June 1999, I was a Senior Scholar at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft in Berlin, with the support of... Read more
Alexandra Duncan
April 3, 2018
After graduation from the UW German department in 2008, Alexandra Duncan received an English Teaching Assistant Fellowship from the Fulbright Program, an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As a Fulbright scholar, she lived in Cologne, Germany for two years before continuing her education.  She holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her professional... Read more
Newsletter Editor: Misha Neininger
March 14, 2018
Source URL: https://germanics.washington.edu/news/spring-2018-uw-germanics-newsletter   Dear Friends of Germanics and Alums, I hope you will enjoy this Spring 2018 edition of our Newsletter featuring the voices and accomplishments of our remarkable students from beginning language learners to advanced PhD candidates, along with new faculty research and cross-disciplinary initiatives as well as other extra-curricular... Read more
I don't believe in Global Warming
March 8, 2018
Germanics faculty member Jason Groves, together with collaborator Jesse Oak Taylor (English), are wrapping up the second year of their Simpson Center-funded cross-disciplinary research cluster with a host of talks on topics ranging from plants running amok in German “cli-fi” to the biological effects of plastic pollution to the development of musical instruments for rescued parrots to the experience of energy in everyday life. Special guests include UW Germanics alumna Heather Sullivan,... Read more
Tommy Bell, North of Normal
December 5, 2017
Tommy Bell writes: "In the city known as “North of Normal,” Fargo, ND, I have had the tremendous opportunity to work this last semester as a German Lecturer at North Dakota State University. Encouraging colleagues have made the experience very rewarding. The students have made my time here memorable; they have a strong work ethic, and they are highly motivated to learn German. Because many of them want to spend time in Germany, they realize the importance of gaining fluency in the language. It... Read more
Melissa (MJ) Durkee
November 14, 2017
MJ Durkee, Associate Professor of Law: German is a key language   In this part of the series on Languages Matter: Why we learn German, we are featuring Melissa (MJ) Durkee, Associate Professor in... Read more
Languages Matter: Cameron Vohr
November 2, 2017
I began studying German in the third year of my bachelor's degree in preparation for applying to master's programs in Germany. Now in my first semester as a master's student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, I'm grateful to receive a world-class education free of tuition fees. Aside from practical considerations, I believe the value of learning any language reveals itself in the imprecision of translation. Does the German word lebensbejahend really just mean "... Read more
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