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Arabelle Liepold
November 19, 2018
From November 2018-19, Germany’s Goethe-Institut will promote cultural exchanges across the United States as part of Deutschlandjahr USA: “The Year of German-American Friendship.” Throughout the year, the new Goethe Pop Up Seattle in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row will host and support gallery showings, music performances, film screenings, food events, discussions and more. As Managing Director of the Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Arabelle Liepold is excited to be working with partners in Seattle and... Read more
October 10, 2018
On the occasion of this year's German Embassy’s Campus Week (“Shaping Germany”), the Department of Germanics had been screening and discussing a series films about migration, immigration, and escape.    Screenings are free and open to UW students, faculty, and staff. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the German Embassy’s 2018 Campus Week.    Film titles/details can be found below, in the attached pdf, and on the department's calendar of events: ... Read more
Zeitlose Themen in zeitlosen Geschichten
October 3, 2018
Zeitlose Themen in zeitlosen Geschichten is a course book intended for university students of German at the advanced level. While ten literary texts and films provide the main organizational structure of the course, the book follows a combination communicative, content-, and task-based approach to its syllabus design. By engaging students in a variety of themes focusing on topics such as political systems, racism, violence/nonviolence, gender issues, personal growth and goals,... Read more
Spring in Vienna 2019 poster
October 3, 2018
Interested in Study Abroad? Spring in Vienna 2019 offers 16 UW credits and has no language prerequisite. Visit our Study Abroad page for more details and to apply! Want to know more? Stop by between 1:30 and 2:30pm, Tuesday, November 13, to find out about our popular springtime study abroad program. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend! The Spring in Vienna program is open to ALL students! Earn... Read more
Odysseys of Recognition
September 19, 2018
Forthcoming: Odysseys of Recognition (due out in February 2019) Performing Intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist  About this book: Literary recognition is a technical term for a climactic plot device. Odysseys of Recognition claims that interpersonal recognition is constituted by performance, and brings performance theory into dialogue with poetics, politics, and philosophy. By observing Odysseus figures from Homer to Kleist, Ellwood Wiggins... Read more
Jason groves
September 17, 2018
Some Seattle stories are the stuff of local lore: Chief Sealth negotiating with white settlers.  The removal of downtown’s Denny Hill. The rise of Starbucks and Amazon. Other stories are less well known. These are the focus of the 2018 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities (SIAH), a program created by the UW Undergraduate Research Program and the... Read more
Dawg Daze 2018 Kick Before the Flick!
September 6, 2018
Germanics will kick off the new year with a Dawg Daze event in the Quad on Friday, September 21, 6-8pm. Organized by First Year Programs, Dawg Daze welcomes new and returning students with over 200 activities and events. This year, along with French & Italian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, and Slavic Languages & Literature, Germanics will host the soccer event Kick Before the Flick. Starting at 6:00pm and running up until the start of the Quad... Read more
Peter Lorre in M (dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)
June 13, 2018
Is compassion the foundation of human morality or a dangerously unreliable emotion? This course (German 385: The Rhetoric of Social Justice) 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 examples of its aesthetic manufacture. Students worked together in... Read more
Nathan Bates
June 12, 2018
A strange mixture of euphoria, exhaustion, relief, and melancholy has befallen me since I defended my dissertation last week. For those of you who have been through it all, you will know what I mean. It is wonderful and exhilarating to have reached this stage, but the time has come to leave the comfort of familiar surroundings, fantastic friends, and cordial colleagues, which is always a scary prospect. I will never forget those to whom I am so greatly indebted as I move on to new adventures. I... Read more
leonce and lena
June 12, 2018
The UW German Theatertruppe put on an innovative adaptation of an old comedy, proving that even 19th-century German humor can win laughs today.  Georg Büchner's Leonce und Lena (1836) is an absurdist parody of fairy-tales, romantic love, idealist philosophy, and melancholic teen angst. The students of German 304 (German Play) served up a performance of this comedy that drew inspiration both from Büchner's older sources (commedia dell'arte physical comedy and Shakespeare) and from ... Read more