Dear Friends of Germanics and Alums,
„What a dump,“ we whispered to ourselves, before moving to Condon Hall, quoting a memorable opening line. In the meantime, we have come to appreciate the many charms of this brutalist, prison-style building, its spacious offices and amazing views, not to mention the huge old elm tree just around the corner and the sleek new student dorms all around us, and we already anticipate being very unhappy upon moving back to Denny Hall. That’s an academic neurosis as it should be. But for now we are happily celebrating the end of another successful quarter and Charles Barrack’s impending retirement after a long and distinguished career, along with the holiday season, and we send holiday greetings from UW Germanics to you all. How we will fare without our two beloved linguists and the most collegial of colleagues, Charles Barrack and Joe Voyles, who fully retired just a bit earlier than Charles, remains to be seen. We extend our warmest retirement wishes to them both and hope that they will visit us often in Condon and Denny Hall.
Professor of German, Chair