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mentoring lunch
March 18, 2019
We are very happy to announce another enjoyable “mentoring lunch” with current UW German majors. On February 25, 2019, Alex Minami (UW class of 2010) and Arabelle Liepold (Managing Director, Goethe Pop-Up, Seattle) joined five students to... Read more
Sam Hylton
March 11, 2019
You may remember Sam Hylton, one of our recent graduates. You may not know that he and his jazz band, Ark Noir, are making a splash in the Munich jazz scene.   We asked Sam a few questions about life after graduation:       Why do you live in Munich?         I moved here for a Master's degree in Jazz Piano (performance) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, or University of Music and Performing Arts Munich as... Read more
Nicole Calian
February 27, 2019
I received my PhD in Germanics in 2008 and worked for many years as a part-time lecturer at both the Bothell and the Seattle campus of the UW, teaching philosophy, literature and intellectual history. As part of the UW summer study abroad program I brought students to Berlin for an experiential course on Jewish Berlin entitled, Berlin Beyond the Wall. Then, last summer, we packed our bags and moved to Berlin! After a year of adjusting to life in Germany (on the one hand, rules and bureaucratic... Read more
Laura Stahman
February 20, 2019
I completed my doctorate in Germanics from the UW in 2005. I focused on German-Jewish philosophy and literature through the lens of dialogic philosophy. Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas were the key influences for my exploration. I began teaching full time as a non-tenure track faculty member at Western Oregon University in the fall of 2003 and worked happily at that institution until 2009. I was able to co-design a German Studies major and develop 11 new courses for the program while working... Read more
Gabe Verdugo, Attorney at Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
February 6, 2019
Sara Koeck interviewed Gabe Verdugo:   I recently had the opportunity to meet with Gabriel Verdugo, who graduated from the UW with a BA in Germanics and a BS in Plant Biology back in 2008. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, he continued on to law school, clerked at the Washington Supreme Court, and now works as an Associate Attorney for... Read more
UW Alumna Hamda Yusuf
December 3, 2018
The Department of Germanics, the Simpson Center, African Studies and the Center for Global Studies sponsored a talk and performance by 2016 alumna Hamda Yusuf. Taking the title from one of James Baldwin’s essays in his collection “Notes of a Native Son”, Hamda Yusuf spoke before a full audience about her experiences traveling in Europe as a black Muslim woman, and the feeling of being a ‘stranger in the village’. In her talk, she touched on the power of inter-cultural connections and the... Read more
Cora Wilke-Gray
November 20, 2018
  I graduated from the University of Washington with a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German literature. Directly after graduating in March 2014 I moved to Tübingen, Germany to be closer to my then boyfriend (now husband). I had met him while doing my junior year at UW abroad at the University of Tübingen.   After moving to Tübingen I was able to make the first hand experience of seeing how difficult it is to get one's credits and degree accepted in another country. But for all those... Read more
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