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Fall 2020 UW Germanics Newsletter

Dear Alums and Friends of Germanics:

It is with great pride that we are sharing our latest news. You will be able to read about what faculty and students in Germanics are up to even during COVID times, their new and ongoing research projects, life after graduation, and their responses to the ongoing crisis.

During this season, I am inviting you to make a donation to our fund, Friends of Germanics, which supports students and faculty who present papers at conferences—nowadays in a digital environment—, guest speakers in Zoom webinars, scholarly publications, student awards, and many other activities that are so vital in a small department.

As I write this, we have been offering classes and seminars on Zoom for almost nine months. Protests about the social and racial injustices evident in this country and elsewhere are uncovering systemic problems. All of us are, as a community and as individuals, struggling with making sense of what is going on around us. But as educators we all share a sense of responsibility for upholding a level of discourse that is reflective, thoughtful, historically informed, culturally sensitive, and respectful of the many differences that we embrace and celebrate.

In this newsletter, you can read about our newly minted adjunct and affiliate professors, former students, and our emeriti. We are such a vibrant, diverse, and thriving community that it was hard to fit all the stories into the confines of a brief newsletter. I hope you enjoy the product!

Thank you so much for your help and your continued support of the Department and its programs. The faculty joins me in wishing you a very pleasant holiday season, robust health, and a great start into the New Year!

Best wishes,


Your donation helps us to:

  • Provide student fellowships and awards
  • Enhance study abroad and internship options
  • Support student and faculty research
  • Fund student-centered activities and events   

If you would like to share your story or any news about recent projects, publications or travels, please contact the newsletter editor, Misha Neininger at                                                                                  

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support!