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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

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
Alexandra Duncan
April 3, 2018
After graduation from the UW German department in 2008, Alexandra Duncan received an English Teaching Assistant Fellowship from the Fulbright Program, an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As a Fulbright scholar, she lived in Cologne, Germany for two years before continuing her education.  She holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her professional... Read more
Newsletter Editor: Misha Neininger
March 14, 2018
Source URL:   Dear Friends of Germanics and Alums, I hope you will enjoy this Spring 2018 edition of our Newsletter featuring the voices and accomplishments of our remarkable students from beginning language learners to advanced PhD candidates, along with new faculty research and cross-disciplinary initiatives as well as other extra-curricular... Read more
Stephanie Smotherman
March 8, 2018
Stephanie writes:           "I like to study subjects that transport me to new places and strengthen my understanding of the places I encounter everyday. While studying Astronomy, my major, gives me the information to imagine new worlds, studying new languages opens a window for me to view other areas of our world. For me, learning German isn’t only about new vocabulary. It’s also a way for me to get to know German culture and customs and get more acquainted with history from a different... Read more
Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction
March 6, 2018
The graduate students of the Departments of Germanics, French & Italian, and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington are pleased to announce their second interdisciplinary graduate student conference on May 11th and 12th, 2018:   Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction   “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty... Read more
Vanessa Schmolke
March 6, 2018
Vanessa Schmolke has just completed her PhD exams and started working on her dissertation project, called “Unseen Dangers: the Narration of Invisible Environmental Threats in Contemporary German Literature” (advisor: Sabine Wilke). In her dissertation, she is going to analyze the presentation of urgent environmental threats, such as climate change, the extinction of species, and nuclear danger, in contemporary German literature. Many of these environmental perils cannot be perceived visually by... Read more
Yikai Xu
March 6, 2018
Yikai Xu, German 101: "As a math major, I am looking forward to exploring the beauty of math throughout the language of famous German mathematicians."   Yikai Xu writes:                  "As an International student at the University of Washington, I consider German as my second foreign language. Honestly, I am not required to learn a new language for graduation. However, I believe languages, as the most direct and effective tool of... Read more