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Graduating Class 0f 2016-2017
June 8, 2017
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2016-2017! We were pleased that so many were able to join us for our convocation on June 10th to honor the academic achievements of our incredible students. We wish everyone the best of luck in the journey ahead!   Bachelor of Arts - Germanics  Addison Combs   Sarah Dietderich Madeline Grossblatt Dylan Hundley *  Hayley McCord Trang Ngoc Thuy Nguyen William Packard Erika Pelayo Esther Purcell... Read more
tOMMY bELL
June 1, 2017
My One-Year as a Preschool Teacher   While writing my dissertation, I would have never imagined working as a preschool teacher; but, that has, indeed, turned out to be the case, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The experience has been invaluable, as I have developed an array of skills necessary for success in life – principally, the attributes of patience and flexibility! I have also gained a more thorough understanding of how people think, act, respond to others, resolve... Read more
Language Major
April 17, 2017
Curious about what former UW Language majors are doing in their careers?  Come listen, ask questions and get ideas! When: Thursday, May 18th, 5.30-7.30 PM Where: DEN 213 Food: Light antipasti will be served   Darren Langston (Germanics, BA 2016, now at Amazon) will be among the panelists. .   Hosted by Classics, French & Italian Studies, Germanics, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Slavic Languages   Questions? Contact Sabrina Tatta at... Read more
Ana Knauf
March 10, 2017
Ana Sofia here. I graduated with a Germanics minor and Journalism major in 2013.  Since graduating, I have written for a number of local news publications, including The Seattle Globalist, Grist, and Crosscut. In March 2016, I began working full-time at The Stranger, a local alt-weekly newspaper. At the paper, I cover issues in Seattle's neighborhoods, civil rights issues, and culture. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use my three years of German all that much... Read more
Darren Langston
March 7, 2017
We are very happy to announce another enjoyable “mentoring lunch” with a Germanics alum and current majors. On February 13, 2017, Darren Langston (class of 2016) joined three students to chat over curry at Shalimar’s on the Ave. Darren currently works for Amazon as a German Speaking Risk Buyer Investigation Specialist. He is excited about being able to use German on a daily basis in his job, and is very pleased with his prospects to advance his career at Amazon. You can read more about Darren’s... Read more
Anke Biendarra
December 8, 2016
UW graduate Anke Biendarra (Ph.D. 2003) is an Associate Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches in the European Languages & Studies department. From 2015-17, she serves as the Faculty Director for the University of California’s study abroad programs in Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. Based in Berlin, she has been continuing her research on the contemporary, specifically the question how German-language writers explore their cultural and civil identities... Read more
Olivia Albiero
December 6, 2016
I am writing from San Francisco, where I recently joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University, with a joint appointment in the German and the Italian programs. I am currently teaching a beginning Italian language class and a course on Italian culture and civilization, in which students embark on an interdisciplinary journey, from the mythical origin of Rome to present-day Italy. Through various cultural products across different media, students... Read more
Kelly Miller
December 5, 2016
Much has happened for me since graduating from the UW Germanics program and from the Jackson School of International Studies in 2011. I have been living in Berlin since the fall of 2011, where I have worked in (higher ed and primary) education, journalism, and German-English translation. I received my Master's degree from the Free University Berlin in Social and Cultural Anthropology. I also began a popular blog on multiculturalism and diversity politics through the lens of Berlin called... Read more
Seth Berk
November 29, 2016
Since finishing my Ph.D. at the Department of Germanics this past spring quarter, I am now back in Germany participating in the Teach@Tübingen Program at the Eberhard Karls Universität as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. The teaching stipend is funded by the university's Exzellenzinitiative, and--as part of its internationalization effort--I am currently teaching an undergraduate proseminar at the Deutsches Seminar... aber auf Englisch! The class is titled Strong Women in German Literature from... Read more
Sam Hylton playing his arrangement of a Simon & Garfunkel tune at Munich's Steinway Haus this summer
November 29, 2016
Dear Germanics Department, After receiving the generous Lufthansa Award from the Germanics Dept upon graduation, I moved to Munich, where I am currently living. I recently completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Since my second year of studies at the HMTM, I've also been teaching (as Lehrbeauftragter) jazz piano and jazz harmony/composition in the Hochschule's department of Komposition für Film und Medien.  In addition to that, I've... Read more
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