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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
Laura Stahman
February 20, 2019
I completed my doctorate in Germanics from the UW in 2005. I focused on German-Jewish philosophy and literature through the lens of dialogic philosophy. Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas were the key influences for my exploration. I began teaching full time as a non-tenure track faculty member at Western Oregon University in the fall of 2003 and worked happily at that institution until 2009. I was able to co-design a German Studies major and develop 11 new courses for the program while working... Read more
Emily Kargl, German 102
February 20, 2019
My name is Emily Kargl and I am a sophomore in the Michael G. Foster School of Business. I intend to study Operations and Supply Chain Management, with a specific focus in international business. Currently, I am enrolled in German 102, and plan to take German 103 and 351 in the spring. My interest in learning German stems from my passion for international business, and my family’s roots in Germany. Both my maternal and paternal great-grandparents emigrated to the United States from Germany in... Read more
February 14, 2019
Whether you are curious about the Art of Protest, need to fulfill your VLPA / I&S or DIV credits, or just looking to further your education, these courses are sure to open your mind and inspire you! The following English-language and culture courses are open to all students. GERMAN 293A / CHID 270B: Gegenkultur: The Art of Protest  (sln: 14805), VLPA/I&S... Read more
Gabe Verdugo, Attorney at Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
February 6, 2019
Sara Koeck interviewed Gabe Verdugo:   I recently had the opportunity to meet with Gabriel Verdugo, who graduated from the UW with a BA in Germanics and a BS in Plant Biology back in 2008. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, he continued on to law school, clerked at the Washington Supreme Court, and now works as an Associate Attorney for... Read more
Witchcraft. From History to Pop Culture
December 12, 2018
The Department of Germanics offers several exciting literature and culture courses in English this winter:  GERMAN 210 A: Classics of German Literature and Thought   Frankenstein read Goethe. Shouldn’t you? GERMAN 285 A: Representation and Diversity Fairy Tales and the Environmental Imagination GERMAN 298 A: Topics in... Read more
German Embassy Campus Weeks
December 11, 2018
The Department of Germanics received a grant in recognition of our participation in Campus Weeks 2018, a promotional campaign organized by the German Information Center to introduce students and the campus community to German culture and society. Student teams engaged in research about the German energy turn from fossil to renewables on an optional basis and integrated their findings into their module team projects. These project presentations (posters, films, exhibit blue prints etc.) were... Read more