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Summer 2018 UW Germanics Newsletter

Dear Friends of Germanics and Alums,

Summer greetings from Denny Hall, where we have just finished another busy and successful academic year. Here are a few of the highlights from the spring quarter:

Sabine Wilke has been named Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization. She will teach the Hanauer seminar for graduate fellows in different disciplines in 2018-19.

Jason Groves received a UW Simpson Center for the Humanities Society of Scholars Fellowship and Annegret Oehme a UW Royalty Research Fund Award for work on their current book projects.  

Kye Terrasi directed our popular Spring-in-Vienna program this year. 15 students participated in the 10-week course of study that combined classroom work with in-depth tours, concerts, museums, and other amazing learning opportunities in Vienna and Salzburg. Many thanks to Kye, as well as to our local partners in Vienna, for providing such an enriching experience to our students.

At the end of spring quarter we enjoyed an exciting student production of Georg Büchner’s Romantic comedy Leonce and Lena, directed by Ellwood Wiggins.  The students’ remarkable performances captured both the youthful Weltschmerz and the brilliant wit in Büchner‘s play. Cheers to the wonderful cast and director!

We celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates in our departmental convocation ceremony on June 7 and enjoyed a festive reception afterwards with the students and their families, colleagues, friends and partners. Special recognition went to Nathan Bates, who along with his PhD received the Manfred Bansleben Award for Excellence in Teaching and now also has a job offer from the University of South Dakota. Congratulations to all.

I hope you will enjoy reading more about Germanics in the articles that follow. I wish you all a happy summertime ahead.


Brigitte Prutti

Professor and Chair





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