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Fall 2021 UW German Studies Newsletter


Dear Alums and Friends of German Studies:

We are back to in-person teaching and loving it! It is so great to see our students again even if everyone is wearing a mask. Lectures and events are mostly online though, but campus is buzzing with student activities, the quad and red square are as lively as ever, and it feels great to be back in Denny Hall and be able to enter the libraries.

It is a pleasure to share our latest news in this holiday edition. We are changing the format of our newsletter to fewer but hopefully more meaningful stories. Our featured faculty member in this issue is Annegret Oehme who is sharing with you some insights into her life as a scholar and teacher. We are also introducing you to the two newest members of our graduate student cohort: Hannah Bradley and Sam Romanelli who joined us in the fall as Kade Fellows. And you will be hearing what three of our alums are doing in Berlin: Nicole Henzler who just finished another MA, Sylvia Rieger who teaches at the TU and FU, and Japhet Johnstone who is heading the translation office at the FU. We are so blessed with such talented alums who decided to move to this fantastic place. They are doing great!

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, guest speakers in courses or Zoom webinars, scholarly publications, student awards, and many other activities that are so vital in a small department.

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   

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