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Fall 2022 UW German Studies Newsletter

Dear Alums and Friends of German Studies:

It has been an humbling experience to sit in as chair of this dynamic department during this quarter. Sabine Wilke is on a research fellowship in Tübingen this fall, and by all accounts having a marvelous time. No one looks forward to her return more than I do!

It is a pleasure to share our latest news in this fall edition of the newsletter. Our featured faculty member in this issue is Jason Groves, who is returning from a productive year of sabbatical research, and who will be teaching a cool winter course, Cultures of Extinction. You’ll also read about the amazing work that Professor Annegret Oehme has been doing with the Seattle Opera for their production of Tristan und Isolde. You can be inspired by the activist zeal and analytical rigor of projects from a course for incoming freshmen on RevolutionThen there’s news from our graduate students: exciting updates from Sam Romanelli and Aaron Carpenter, and introductions of our two new Kade Fellows beginning their studies at UW this year: Inga Schwemin and Shallom Ogungbade. You will also be hearing from our amazing undergraduates, including the impressively active German Club, which had over 50 students attend this fall! There’s a report and student testimonials from the brand new Summer in Berlin program founded by Kye Terrasi and Andre Schütze. And we’re very proud of a recent alum, Miah Roberts, who gives a report on her experience as a Fulbright teacher in Dresden.

During this season, I am inviting you to make a donation to our fund, Friends of German Studies, 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.

Because of recent donations, we have been able to create incredibly enriching experiences for our students this quarter: a trip to the Seattle Opera to watch Tristan und Isolde during a special German-themed performance; a catered departmental seminar in which undergrads, graduate students, and faculty all discuss the opera together; and an indigenous walking tour of the UW campus led by Owen Oliver, the author of the 40-page guide available at the Burke Museum. These are just some of the events and opportunities that would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

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,

Ellwood Wiggins
Associate Professor of German Studies 
Interim Chair (fall 2022)