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Nina Doejen
November 21, 2017
Coming to Seattle and the UW in the beginning of September 2016, I found a beautiful city and an even more beautiful campus in a perfectly warm and sunny autumn week. Although the weather changed for the worse soon, what then started was one of the most important experiences of my academic life so far. Not only did I study at UW, a dream I’ve had since my Bachelor’s; I also had the chance to teach German as a Foreign Language to talented and engaged students on an everyday basis. Teaching my... Read more
Melissa (MJ) Durkee
November 14, 2017
MJ Durkee, Associate Professor of Law: German is a key language   In this part of the series on Languages Matter: Why we learn German, we are featuring Melissa (MJ) Durkee, Associate Professor in... Read more
Languages Matter: Cameron Vohr
November 2, 2017
I began studying German in the third year of my bachelor's degree in preparation for applying to master's programs in Germany. Now in my first semester as a master's student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, I'm grateful to receive a world-class education free of tuition fees. Aside from practical considerations, I believe the value of learning any language reveals itself in the imprecision of translation. Does the German word lebensbejahend really just mean "... Read more
Richard O. Block, Echoes of a Queer Messianic: From Frankenstein to Brokeback Mountain
October 30, 2017
Forthcoming Book (April 2018): Richard O. Block, Echoes of a Queer Messianic: From Frankenstein to Brokeback Mountain. SUNY Series, Literature ... In Theory: SUNY PRESS, 2018. Reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800 to recover echoes of a queer messianic that still resonate today. Queer theory has focused heavily on North American and contemporary contexts, but in this book Richard O. Block helps to expand that reach. Deftly combining the two main currents... Read more
Daniel Garratt, STEM
October 10, 2017
Daniel Garratt participated in our study abroad UW Germanics “Spring in Vienna” program in spring 2015 and in the Physics Department exchange with the University of Giessen in the academic year 2015-16. Daniel writes: "Upon leaving high school I had no intention to study language again. Because my high school offered Spanish, French and Japanese, I had never even considered studying German.  It was not until I decided I wanted to study abroad that my... Read more
Hayley McCord
September 25, 2017
Hayley will spend 2017-2018 studying at the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik in Hamburg, Germany. She writes:   Moin Moin! I am currently based in Hamburg, Germany and I have accepted an offer from the IFSH - the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik (the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy) at the University of Hamburg. I am one of twenty-five international graduate students studying nuclear disarmament and arms control, counter-... Read more
Why learn German?
September 21, 2017
1.    It’s easier than you think!   We have revised the requirements for the degree to make it easier to double major: 51 credits for the major or 35 for the minor. German has open enrollment: just come by any time and sign up! German is also super flexible in terms of course requirements and sequence. This makes it easy to double major in German and other disciplines: very impressive for future employers and grad schools!    2.     ... Read more
Nature journal cover
September 18, 2017
The Sep 7 edition of the journal Nature features the article, "Academic Excellence: Golden Germany."    
UW President Ana Mari Cauce
September 7, 2017
  Ana Mari Cauce   Today we learned that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. This decision could have extremely serious consequences for students on all three of our campuses who are an integral part of our community. I want to reassure every affected person that if DACA ends, the University of Washington will do everything within its power to minimize the disruption to your lives... Read more