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An Outstanding Student Experience

Students in the Department of Germanics benefit from belonging to a small, supportive learning community with ample opportunities to engage in research, critical thinking, and special projects.

Student Success Stories

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
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference 2018
June 11, 2018
After an enthusiastic response to the previous interdisciplinary graduate student conference in spring of 2016, students from across the humanities again gathered to share their research and present papers in an exciting two-day event, May 11th and 12th. Hosted in the Simpson Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Departments of Germanics, French & Italian, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media Studies and entitled “Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction,”... Read more
Jeffrey Jarzomb
June 7, 2018
      "My name is Jeffrey Jarzomb and I had the privilege of being UW Germanics’ Max Kade scholar for the past academic year. Before coming to the University of Washington, I attended California State University Long Beach, where I earned a BA and MA in German Studies. In studying German I discovered a unity of my interests in literature, philosophy, history, and teaching. Fortunately, I am able to continue pursuing these interests under the tutelage of our qualified, knowledgeable, and kind... Read more
Why we learn german
June 7, 2018
   "I never thought of learning another language. It was only until I came to UW for my Advising and Orientation that I began to consider the idea. It began as a way to make me more attractive to potential employers. However, as the year has progressed I have fallen in love with the language. I want to live in Germany, I want to experience the cultural, to walk the streets, and immerse myself in what Germany has to offer. It would be pointless to learn a language for an easy grade or to meet a... Read more
baby hedgehog
May 8, 2018
Join us this Friday and Saturday for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference. "Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction" will investigate the complex nature of isolation and its precarious position at the nexus of artistic productivity and political disaster. Conference Schedule: Friday, May 11th 2:30pm – 6:30pm 3:00 – 3:45pm: Check-in (Communications/CMU 202/204) 3:45 – 4:00pm: Opening Remarks 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Keynote by Prof. Kata... Read more
Van Holland at Denny Hall
April 30, 2018
Greetings,    I graduated in 1969 in German and got my MA in German at the UW in 1970 and was a TA that year.  I graduated from UW Law School in 1972 and then had a career in the food industry – semi retiring this week after 45 years.  I was an exchange student in Munich in 1965/66 in 11th grade and visited some old friend there in the summer of 2016 and have been in touch with them for over 50 years.  I read a book a month in German, so that I don’t lose it.  Have lived in LA since 1974, but I... Read more
Cathleen McNally
April 16, 2018
I graduated from the UW Germanics program in 2011 with a major in German language and literature and a lot has happened since then! I’ve been living in Germany since 2012 and have gotten the chance to live and work in several regions throughout the country. Throughout my time here, I have worked in education, translation and also in the software industry. I now live in beautiful Heidelberg and am currently finishing up my MA in Translation at the Johannes Gutenberg University’s campus in... Read more
Elijah Pasco
April 16, 2018
      "I have always been fascinated by languages. I find it intriguing how so many different people can communicate the same thing in so many different ways; be it by using different languages, different dialects, and even different accents. I initially started studying German because of its close relation to English. I have always been interested in historical linguistics, and I love seeing the connections between different languages and how they are related to each other.  As a future... Read more
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