Dear Friends of Germanics and Alums:
We are celebrating the end of our first quarter back at the newly restored Denny Hall where the Germanics department has been located since the University of Washington was founded in 1861. Among its most remarkable features are a grand modern staircase and state-of-the art classrooms, along with the beautifully restored loft, which now serves as a common space for the TAs of all departments housed in the building. Please come and see for yourself and we will gladly show you around the department and the new Denny Hall. And I hope you will peruse some of our fall quarter news here. In the Q and A session of her annual address earlier this fall, UW President Ana Mari Cauce underscored the importance of foreign language learning and its ethical and cognitive dimensions. Languages matter. They create possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and respect. And they create marketable skills as well. In a time of new challenges we are emboldened by our amazing students and the success of our alums. Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year. We look forward to your continued support.
Professor of German and Chair