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WA Notify smartphone app
December 9, 2020
Find out fast about possible exposures to COVID-19  The WA Notify smartphone app alerts you if you’ve been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It’s free, completely private, and does not track your activity or identity. For daily updated info: University of Washington COVID-19 Case Tracking Dashboard Here... Read more
Stephanie Dawson
November 4, 2020
I grew up on a ranch in northern California thinking I would become a cowgirl. But while getting my undergraduate degree in biology at Yale, I developed a love for the German language and culture, further inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall my junior year. Working in a cancer research lab in Seattle after graduation, I continued to read and study German, and during a year in Tübingen as a lab technician at the Max-Planck Institute I spent weekends and vacations exploring the country. When I... Read more
Joshua Glassmyer
November 4, 2020
Today I work as a Sales Representative for the Small Business Division of ADT Security, specializing in IoT and encryption. I hope to pursue an MBA program in Germany starting Winter of 2021. The ultimate goal is to start an organization that helps refugees to find jobs in the tech sector, since the market is exploding and the opportunities are numerous. I certainly miss learning from each of the department members in the classroom, with special thanks to Professors Gray, Wiggins, Prutti, and... Read more
Laurie Marhoefer
November 4, 2020
I am a historian of queer and trans politics. My book on fascism and the politics of sex is Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (2015); it reexamines the gay and trans rights movements of the 1920s, which were the world's first... Read more
Susanne Rinner
November 4, 2020
Susanne Rinner is a teacher-scholar and the author of The German Student Movement and the Literary Imagination: Transnational Memories of Protest and Dissent (2013). In 2012, she edited a special issue of International Poetry Review with a focus on poetry written in German by multilingual authors. Her current book project, tentatively titled Heroic Rebels: Representations of Radical Identities in Contemporary German Fiction, examines the... Read more
Anna Malin Gerke
October 29, 2020
I moved to Seattle to begin a one-year teaching program in the Germanics Department at the University of Washington in the autumn of 2019. As an exchange instructor from Germany, I was very excited by the opportunity to teach American students about my mother tongue and the German culture. That excitement has been borne out. I have had so many wonderful students in my classes that are curious, hard-working and open to learning German. Teaching is my passion, and that did not change during the... Read more
Belvedere, August 2020
October 29, 2020
In the spirit of the times, I wrote a long and bleak essay on Grillparzer’s bleakest political play while sketching another, more hopeful essay on the literary phenomenology of summer with its multifarious sounds, sights, and Sommerfrische delights. The former will be published later this fall, the latter remains unwritten to date. Two editing projects are in the works as well as a short book on Portraits of the Artist as an Old Man in late 19th century Vienna... Read more
Oregon highway, 9:11:36 AM
October 28, 2020
This past summer I had the singular pleasure of taking my first ride down to Southern California. In the picture above, one sees the last feeble rays of sunshine as they give way to a long evening to be spent speeding down an Oregon highway. Except, the picture above was taken at 9:11:36 am. The glow was that of nearby fires and not of celestial rays fanning out from the center of our solar system. What one witnesses in this picture was the result of the raging wildfires that struck up and down... Read more
Brehms Tierleben
October 27, 2020
In addition to language instruction at UW this quarter, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to design and teach a new upper-level course for German majors at the University of Puget Sound entitled: “The Lives of Animals”. From ancient cave paintings in France to Voyager’s interstellar whale song, many of our greatest achievements in the arts and sciences have involved representations of non-human animals. The course offered students the chance to collectively explore how, why, and for whom... Read more
Marshall Brown: Goethe and the Yo-Yo
October 26, 2020
Last December, when I was looking through early issues of Modern Language Quarterly, I came across an essay by Richard j. Browne and M. C. Davis, "Goethe and the Yo-Yo," Modern Language Quarterly (1953) 14 (1): 98–101.  It's quite brief and delightfully informative.  The word yo-yo is a deformation of the French joujou... Read more