Portraits of Distinguished Alums: Helga S. Madland (PhD 1981)

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Helga Stipa Madland was awarded a Ph.D. in German (eighteenth century German literature) with a minor in Spanish in 1981. At that time, she joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma as Assistant Professor. Professor Madland served as Interim Department Chair in 1986, and later as interim and full Department Chair from 1999 to 2005, when she retired. She lives with her husband, Richard Beck, who taught Ancient Greek at OU and retired in 2015, three cats and one dachshund, in Norman, Oklahoma. Helga Madland has published numerous articles and three books on eighteenth-century German literature. Since her retirement, she has written fiction and non-fiction, including her latest publication in November, 2014, a memoir titled “You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? Reminiscences.” She happily remembers her time spent at the University of Washington.

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