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Theo Llewelyn and Rachel Lundeen
February 2, 2023
Early Fall Start (EFS) allows incoming first-year students to enroll in a University of Washington course about a month before the start of the autumn quarter. With EFS, out-of-state and in-state students like Theo Llewelyn and Rachel Lundeen get a head start on classes and make a smooth transition to life at the UW. As an out-of-state student from California who graduated from high school during COVID, Theo Llewelyn wasn’t sure if he was ready to... Read more
Manfred Bansleben
January 31, 2023
The German Studies Department mourns the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Manfred Bansleben. Manfred passed unexpectedly on December 1, 2022, after a brief bout with pneumonia, just one day before his eighty-first birthday. For over 20 years, Manfred was the creative and organizational force behind the German Department’s highly successful language program. As German Language Program Coordinator and TA Supervisor, he trained generations of graduate student teaching assistants in... Read more
german club
January 12, 2023
German Club's first Winter 2023 meeting will be held during the second week of the quarter, on Thursday, January 12 at 5:00pm in Denny 359. It's a German-themed potluck, just like our potluck last quarter! If you'd like to bring something or get recipe ideas, please click this link: Starting on Thursday, January 19, we'll host our... Read more
New Planet
November 1, 2022
Incoming Freshmen in Early Fall Start studied Revolutions and their Art (Aug-Sept 2022).  Students came together from across the world to take part in a seminar taught by German Studies professor, Ellwood Wiggins. In class, they discussed representations of revolutions from antiquity to today, including the American Revolution (Hamilton: a... Read more
german 298
November 1, 2022
GERMAN 298 A: Topics In Literature And Culture Modern German Prose: Travel and Narration Note: *Cool courses in English* The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signaled a new era of openness and global mobility, both voluntary and forced. It spawned new forms of transcultural writing and reflection, which we will discuss in this course along with some earlier German travel writing. Questions include: How are modern travel and... Read more
Cultures of Extinction
November 1, 2022
Student registration for winter quarter 2023 will begin Friday November 4th, and we want to make sure that you are aware of our featured course offerings: German 285: Cultures of Extinction  Through a multi-disciplinary approach, we will look at how... Read more
inga schwemin
October 24, 2022
Hello everyone, I'm Inga, this year's Kade Fellow. Last year, during the pre-vaccine part of the pandemic, I came to Seattle as a visiting graduate. Even though the city and campus were running on a completely different rhythm, I had an amazing time, met great people, and fell in love with the area. This time I'm returning as a full member of the graduate program, pursuing a joint degree between the University of Washington and the University of Münster. Both German departments as well as UW’s... Read more
Shallom Ogungbade
October 24, 2022
In 2021, I decided to continue my academic journey by pursuing a master's degree in German. At the time of this decision, I was still in my final year as an undergraduate. It almost seemed like an unattainable goal, when I realized that there is only one university in Nigeria that offers German at the post graduate level and the courses they offer do not align with my research interests. I didn't know what else to do and I almost gave up on this dream. I spoke to my undergraduate lecturer about... Read more
Aaron Carpenter, Geography with Adorno
October 24, 2022
This last year, I had the pleasure of being a Robert & Pamela Center Fellow with the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies here at the University of Washington. Going in, I was not sure what to expect. I knew that I would be meeting and speaking with other graduate students who were working in and around Jewish studies and with faculty from Jewish Studies, including our own Prof. Richard Block and Prof. Annegret Oehme. As part of the Fellowship I had the opportunity to write an article about my... Read more
Summer school at the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna
October 24, 2022
This year the Austrian Academy of Science offered a scholarship to students covering travel and accommodation expenses for a trip to their summer school in Vienna, Austria. I was one of the winners of this scholarship and got to attend the three-day course for free this September. The subject to be discussed was homosexuality in Franz Schubert’s lifetime, since there has been a longstanding debate in the field of musicology on whether Schubert was homosexual or not. We heard lectures from... Read more