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matthew childs
May 9, 2022
It was a warm September day in 2016 when I was walking with a group of international students along cobblestoned streets discussing the trials and tribulations of finding the best coffee place in town when we turned a corner and came upon a sizeable group of people gathered around an (in my mind) absurdly long table. Before I was able to inquire as to the nature of the gathering, a remarkable sound grew steadily in volume and intensity, drawing the eyes of all observers to a balcony set into... Read more
class of 2021-2022
May 9, 2022
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2021-2022! Bachelor of Arts -... Read more
Richard Sperber
May 9, 2022
Greetings from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where I have been teaching all levels of German and Spanish not long after graduating from the Department of Comparative Literature. In the Modern Languages Department, we do not primarily teach literary history or literary scholarship but combine textual comprehension with cultural competency and language proficiency. Skills development culminates in skills integration in our capstone course, an independent research project. Feedback and... Read more
Call for Submissions
May 5, 2022
On April 2-3, 2022, the inaugural German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase (#GSURS2022), took place. The event, which was first proposed by Dr. Ervin Malakaj of the University of British Columbia, was co-hosted by the German programs of the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington Seattle. 21 stellar presentations and 3 plenary sessions (including a keynote by our own Dr. Kye Terrasi) celebrated the exciting undergraduate work in German... Read more
Fantastic Fungi
May 4, 2022
This year-long seminar was structured around the idea that the concept of the Anthropocene challenges us to rethink our basic humanistic values: the centrality of speech for human expression, rational thought, the ability to reason and communicate, the demand for freedom, democracy, justice and human rights, and the creation of cultural expressions based on enlightenment values. In close consultation with the seminar participants, we examined issues such as global migration, climate change,... Read more
german club
April 25, 2022
The University of Washington’s German Club is organizing weekly meetups for students to hang out, practice their language skills, watch German films together and play some German board games. Recently, they facilitated a ‘Study Slam’ to help prepare 100 and 200 level language students for their final exams. Kaffeestunde This weekly social event provides students from all levels of German with the opportunity to practice and use their language skills in a relaxed and semi-... Read more
Call for Submissions: German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase 2022
February 9, 2022
The German Studies programs at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and University of Washington Seattle are teaming up to host the inaugural German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase (#GSURS2022) on April 2-3, 2022, via Zoom. Each student will have a chance to present their project during a 5–7-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 5-minute discussion. In this dynamic venue, you will engage in stimulating conversations and have a relaxed platform to ... Read more
Open to all students
January 26, 2022
As you start thinking about spring quarter 2022 course registration, check out these amazing course offerings. They’re in English, have no prerequisites, and fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements as noted. LITERATURE GERMAN 298: Sibling Rivalries: From Cain and Abel to “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”*Across the globe and the centuries, the love between siblings often devolves... Read more

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