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Spring 2022 UW German Studies Newsletter

Dear Alums and Friends of German Studies:

it is with great pride that we are sharing our latest news with you. You will be able to read about what faculty and students in German Studies are up to, their new and ongoing research projects, life after graduation, and their plans for the future.

Sadly, our news also includes an homage to our beloved colleague Hellmut Ammerlahn who passed away this winter after a long battle with cancer. Prof. Ammerlahn taught at UW altogether fifty years and will be greatly missed as teacher, mentor, and scholar. Jane Brown shares her memories and her appreciation of Prof. Ammerlahn’s towering contributions to Goethe studies and beyond. We held a memorial in Prof. Ammerlahn’s honor on May 20 with many of his former students and colleagues from German Studies and Comparative Literature in attendance.

In this newsletter, you will also be able to read about the first Undergraduate Research Showcase that was organized together with UBC and U Vic; you will hear from two students who are leaving the program with advanced graduate degrees (Sophia Schüssler with an MA in Pedagogy and Culture, Justin Mohler with a PhD and off to new adventures at St. Anselm College), a current student who has won a dissertation fellowship at our Simpson Center for the Humanities and will be continuing his research at the University of Münster next year (Matthew Childs), a former PhD and alumn who is looking back on his years at UW (Richard Sperber), and the Hanauer fellows from this year. Last but not least, we are focusing on cutting edge research publications of two of our faculty, Richard Block and Brigitte Prutti. 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 reading it!

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 great spring and start into the summer!

Best wishes,

Sabine Wilke

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