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Isaiah Back-Gaal at Saga
May 22, 2019
The Department of Germanics is excited to offer a new internship program in cooperation with the Seattle Area German American School, a local German-immersion preschool/elementary school. Put your German skills to work and explore career options in education, language pedagogy, childcare, administration, and other aspects of running a language immersion school.  Work closely with experienced educators/administrators at the SAGA School to enhance and further your professional goals.  Form long-... Read more
Suzy Nie
April 29, 2019
When I was 12 years old, I was a kid living in Dalian, a well-known soccer town in China. I watched the 2010 World Cup with my dad. I still remember how my dad described the Germany vs Argentina match as “Mars crashing into Earth.” I made a bet with my dad that whoever guessed the winner right would get 100 rmb. My dad guessed Argentina. I, knowing almost nothing about soccer, put my bet on Germany. Germany crushed Argentina 4:0 and I won the bet.  That was the first time when Germany came to... Read more
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