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UW Cherry Blossom trees, Spring 2016
The Origins of German and its Closest Relatives                                                                                                                     The legend goes that only one vote prevented German from becoming the official language of the colonies that predated the USA. Despite being opponents in this case, German and English share common features and a linguistic genealogy. This class offers an introduction... Read more
How do you understand courage and consciousness?
In times of "alternative facts", rising separatism, and democracies in crisis, UW graduate students join together for a fast-paced evening of discovery. In this “short takes” event, each speaker will spend five minutes exploring ‘courage and consciousness’ through their own unique perspective—including visuals: How do you understand courage and consciousness? This event, organized by doctoral students of Germanics, will encompass an informal evening that features a variety of takes on the topic... Read more
Ana Knauf
Ana Sofia here. I graduated with a Germanics minor and Journalism major in 2013.  Since graduating, I have written for a number of local news publications, including The Seattle Globalist, Grist, and Crosscut. In March 2016, I began working full-time at The Stranger, a local alt-weekly newspaper. At the paper, I cover issues in Seattle's neighborhoods, civil rights issues, and culture. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use my three years of German all that much... Read more
Peter Lorre in M (dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)
Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion (German 390), Team Learning Projects, 2016 Is compassion the foundation of human morality or a dangerously unreliable emotion? This course examined the strategies and motivations in different media of fostering empathy for commonly held enemies or discriminated groups. The syllabus ran from Ancient Greece to depictions of Nazis and terrorists in modern film, and considered philosophical assessments of sympathy alongside... Read more
Kristina Pilz
BlackWhite — Experiences and Writing Practices in Contemporary Afro-German Literature               I am excited to continue working on my dissertation that describes innovative writing practices in contemporary Afro-German literature. My project focuses on rhetorical, intertextual and aesthetic strategies as creative devices for a diasporic literary history. My analysis includes fictional/non-fictional texts comprised of Afro-German poetry and autobiographies... Read more
Darren Langston
We are very happy to announce another enjoyable “mentoring lunch” with a Germanics alum and current majors. On February 13, 2017, Darren Langston (class of 2016) joined three students to chat over curry at Shalimar’s on the Ave. Darren currently works for Amazon as a German Speaking Risk Buyer Investigation Specialist. He is excited about being able to use German on a daily basis in his job, and is very pleased with his prospects to advance his career at Amazon. You can read more about Darren’s... Read more
Kye at Kaffeestunde
Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter 2017 Kaffeestunde and for making it such a lively event. Every Monday afternoon, the sounds of fun and excitement poured from the library in Denny Hall as our students enthusiastically participated in interactive activities and discussions. With each session they improved their language skills and helped to create a warm and vibrant community of German speakers. Join us in the Spring of 2017 for the next installment of Kaffeestunde!  
UW Germanics PhD candidate Jasmin Krakenberg
Germanics Film Series  Before everyone had the opportunity to watch films in isolation on a little screen, cinema was a social act. So for the current departmental film series, we encouraged students to join us for screenings followed by discussions, which revealed really intriguing thoughts and, at times, creative films analysis skills.  In fall quarter, I curated an embassy-sponsored film series on German and American film collaborations, entitled Heimat Meets Hollywood. Films... Read more
Verena Kick
“The Essay in a Time of Crisis: Reconstituting the German Public Sphere in Narrative, Visual and Digital Culture (1920s – 2010s)”   My dissertation pursues two goals: to examine the transformation of the essay genre in Germany during the 20th and 21st centuries; and to thereby investigate how the essay’s interplay of personal opinion and public voice has been serving as a strategy to confront Germany’s social, economic and political crises since the Weimar Republic. Since the... Read more
Justin Mohler
"Writing (Off) the Animal: German Romanticism and the Animal-Human Divide" In the year to come I will have the opportunity to take some of the most significant and exciting steps toward completing my PhD that have yet been available to me. With my exams behind me, I look forward to beginning a project which I hope will provide a new and vital perspective on a relationship as old as humans themselves. Attitudes toward animals and the place afforded to them within western... Read more