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spring blooms outside Denny Hall
March 20, 2019
The Department of Germanics in conjunction with Scandinavian and French & Italian is offering a diversity workshop in the Spring of 2019 for their faculty, staff and graduate students.  The workshop, Cross-disciplinary Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion in the World Language and Literature Classroom, will be facilitated by Dr. Anu Taranath and seeks to create a more inclusive learning environment for students in world language and literature departments.  Dr... Read more
Museum Project
March 19, 2019
For the students of German 298: Witchcraft: From History to Pop Culture, the haunted season began early this year. For ten weeks, the students explored the history of witchcraft, with a special focus on a 17th-century trial that took place in Germany and the representation of witches in pop-culture. Exploring the transcultural fascination with witches, students shared in teams their own reading experience of classical witches depicted in literature, from Yama-Uba to Circe to La Segua... Read more
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
March 13, 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter 2019 Kaffeestunde and for making it such a lively event. Every Monday afternoon, the third floor of Denny Hall buzzed with excitement as our students enthusiastically participated in interactive activities and discussions in German. Jorma, Dominik, Dome and Jeffrey created memory games for students to practice grammar and vocabulary while Sara, Justin, Matthew and Derek facilitated stimulating conversations for the advanced groups.  German 102... Read more
Alex Seo
March 13, 2019
About a year ago, I found myself enjoying a certain type of German music. I couldn’t understand the lyrics, but it had a nice ring to it. It was something new. That was a good enough reason for me to sign up for the German 100 series when I came to UW. It seems as though my choice was spot on, because I grew very fond of the language itself. It has an absolutely intriguing grammatical system that is very orderly. At the same time, you can familiarize yourself with it rather easily if you are an... 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
Steven Bao
March 6, 2019
As an international student, I am often asked by my friends and families what the point is for me to learn German in the US. To be honest, I never considered majoring in German when I entered UW. I started learning German simply because I was a soccer fan of FC Bayern Munich and wanted to learn some more about German soccer and German culture. However, as time went by, I found a connection between German and Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE), the major that I have always wanted to... Read more
Verena Kick
March 5, 2019
Starting Fall Semester 2019, Verena will join the Department of German at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of German. She is very excited to bring her teaching experience and her research focus on 20th century Modernism, Digital Humanities and film/media to Georgetown’s Department of German.    As a PhD Candidate in the Department of Germanics, she has had excellent support from her PhD advisor, Sabine Wilke, and all other faculty members at all stages of her graduate student... 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
Sabine Wilke
February 20, 2019
Sabine Wilke about the Hanauer Seminar 2018-19: The Hanauer seminar has begun its work for the year. Six select graduate students and I are examining human and nonhuman relations in Western Civilization from the Classics to today. What does it mean to engage the Western tradition and its core values such as equality, freedom, justice, and democracy in a broader and more global context? What is the meaning of the enlightenment in this age of radical interconnectivity where even the concept of... Read more