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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

Luke Wittingham
June 20, 2017
Luke Wittingham, Graduate Student in French and Italian Studies: I focus my research on mapping queer diasporas in West Africa. I plan to publish extensive literature exposing the inhumane social formations targeting queer communities in Senegal. As an undergraduate I studied Spanish and French while teaching myself Wolof. After acquiring fluency in both Dutch and Swedish I became very interested in Germanics. German has become an important element of my graduate education. I initially... Read more
Delta Phi Alpha
June 19, 2017
On Friday May 26 the Iota Chapter of The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, welcomed seven new members. Members from the previous year were on hand to welcome the new inductees and to decorate Maibäume (May Poles)—somewhat later than the traditional date of May 1st, but Spring also came later this year. Additionally, member Niki Sohnly had Delta Phi Alpha pencils made for the occasion. Many thanks to all those involved! Prospective members of Delta Phi Alpha can check out... Read more
Unglück und Zerstreung
June 19, 2017
In one of their creative adaptations in the fall 2015 seminar on German Enlightenment to Post-Classical Drama (GERM 421), students transformed the Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer’s gothic play Die Ahnfrau (The Ancestress) into a silent film. The play was first performed on the Viennese popular stage in 1817; the silent movie version from our course was posted on YouTube in 2015. Then it was blocked for a while due to a copyright claim. The copyrighted music has since been... Read more
Kristina Pilz
June 15, 2017
To Kristina Pilz, who is this year’s recipient of the Manfred Bansleben Award for excellence in teaching. The award was established in honor of Prof. Emeritus Manfred Bansleben, who built a successful language program and trained hundreds of language teachers during his career. Manfred has always recognized the importance of teaching assistants and the many contributions they make to a language program. The award, which comes with a stipend, acknowledges one graduate student who has... Read more
Jasmin Krakenberg
June 14, 2017
I am thrilled to share the news that I just defended my dissertation on contemporary German cinema, entitled  "Art, Cinema, and the Berlin School.” The Berlin School is a key development in German cinema since 1995. I argue that the four art genres organizing my dissertation--portraiture, landscape, still life, and history--become key categories for analyzing film when descriptive and self-reflexive moments temporarily suspend the flow of the story. My research offers a conceptual framework for... Read more
Graduating Class 0f 2016-2017
June 8, 2017
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2016-2017! We were pleased that so many were able to join us for our convocation on June 10th to honor the academic achievements of our incredible students. We wish everyone the best of luck in the journey ahead!   Bachelor of Arts - Germanics  Addison Combs   Sarah Dietderich Madeline Grossblatt Dylan Hundley *  Hayley McCord Trang Ngoc Thuy Nguyen William Packard Erika Pelayo Esther Purcell... Read more
Justin Mohler
June 5, 2017
Justin Mohler and Kye Terrasi presented their research project Digital Humanities in the Language and Culture Classroom and Beyond at the 2017 Teaching and Learning Symposium at UW.  Their poster presentation explored ways of integrating Digital Humanities technology such as ArcGIS into the classroom as a tool for students to access and perform research on the cultural, social and geographical makeup of a city through the mapping of data and analysis of the results.    Justin and Kye's... Read more
Learn German--soccer theme
May 25, 2017
GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES:   GERMAN 101  First-Year German     GERMAN 103... Read more
Isaiah Back-Gaal
May 23, 2017
Isaiah Back-Gaal, Major: Comparative History of Ideas, Prospective Major: German                         "I have always been interested in learning languages. Learning a language pushes you outside of your comfort zone and grants you access to entirely new worlds.  I initially started learning German out of curiosity and with trepidation, and have since fallen in love. I love the playfulness of German and the freedom with which I can experiment with the... Read more
Language Major
April 17, 2017
Curious about what former UW Language majors are doing in their careers?  Come listen, ask questions and get ideas! When: Thursday, May 18th, 5.30-7.30 PM Where: DEN 213 Food: Light antipasti will be served   Darren Langston (Germanics, BA 2016, now at Amazon) will be among the panelists. .   Hosted by Classics, French & Italian Studies, Germanics, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Slavic Languages   Questions? Contact Sabrina Tatta at... Read more