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Archived Department News

  • Students awarded GSD Scholarships

    The following students have been awarded GSD scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.

    • Skyler Dorr, Schlenker Scholarship & a Max Kade Travel Grant
    • Heather Jarvie, Finnish Connection Scholarship
    • Jennie Lynch, Hirschbach Study Abroad Scholarship & a Max Kade Travel Grant
    • Abigail Marino, Max Kade Travel Grant
    • Hafsa Shakir, College in the Schools Scholarship (2014-15)
    • Nicholas Ott, Max Kade Travel Grant
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  • Charlotte Melin named Chair of GSD Department

    Prof. Charlotte Melin will be GSD's new Chair, beginning June 15, 2015. Read More
  • Emily Parrent wins Fulbright

    Emily Parrent, a graduating senior with a German minor, has been awarded a Fulbright grant. She will complete an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of York. A major in both French/Italian and Classical Civilization, she will continue her studies of languages, paleography, and archaeology to develop skills to complete a Ph.D. and future research on the history of medieval medicine. Parrent has already participated in an archaeological dig uncovering victims of the plague at Thornton Abbey in England and examined the archival records of contemporary hospitals in Bologna, Italy.

    She is one of seven seniors at the University of Minnesota who have been awarded grants to study and teach abroad following graduation by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright grants cover all travel and living expenses for one academic year. z.umn.edu/vr3.
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  • McKenzie Stupica (B.A., 2014) wins Fulbright

    McKenzie Stupica (B.A., 2014) has been awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Germany. She is currently a teaching assistant at the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul and has served as an educational intern and student guide at the Weisman Art Museum. Stupica was excited by the variety and accessibility of art while studying for a year in Berlin and applied for a WorkART fellowship that allowed her to return to Germany as an intern at a Kunstverein. She plans to reconnect with German artists and arts organizations in the next year.

    She is one of seven seniors at the University of Minnesota who have been awarded grants to study and teach abroad following graduation by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright grants cover all travel and living expenses for one academic year. z.umn.edu/vr3.
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  • Meyer Weinshel awarded FLAS Fellowship

    Meyer Weinshel has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Yiddish at the Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO) in New York City in Summer 2015. Read More
  • Jennifer Decker (B.A., 2011) accepted into M.S.Ed. TESOL program and awarded FLAS Fellowship

    Jennifer Decker (B.A., 2011) has been accepted into the M.S.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program in University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and has been awarded a Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Hindi. Read More
  • Elizabeth Stopka (B.A., 2013) accepted into M.A. Program in ESL

    Elizabeth Stopka (B.A., 2013) has been accepted into the M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) for Higher Education program at the University of Minnesota. Read More
  • Abigail Marino and Bradley Shrum win Birkelo Scholarships

    Abigail Marino and Bradley Shrum, both GSD majors, have each won coveted Selmer Birkelo Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts.

    Selmer Birkelo Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 14 outstanding CLA students majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences. Recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. Details.
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  • GSD Scholarships Available: Apply by April 15

    The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch is offering the following scholarships for Academic Year 2015-16. Applications accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
    • GSD Scholarship in German Studies
    • Mary Ann Wilson Hansen Scholarship in Scandinavian Studies
    • Finnish Connection Scholarship
    • Frank D. Hirschbach Scholarship for Study Abroad in a German-speaking Country
    • Junior Year in Munich (JYM) Scholarship
    • Max Kade Travel Grants for Study in Germany
    Full details at gsd.umn.edu/ugrad/awards.html.
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  • Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez (Ph.D., 2011) accepts Assistant Professor position

    Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez (Ph.D., 2011) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of German at Portland State University. Read More
  • Valentine Pakis (Ph.D, 2008) accepts position as Assistant Professor and Drafting Editor of the Dictionary of Old English

    Valentine Pakis (Ph.D, 2008) has accepted a position at the University of Toronto as a new Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies, where he will teach Old Norse and Gothic and serve as Drafting Editor of the Dictionary of Old English.
    Details.
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  • Leslie Morris to moderate discussion at "Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz" event

    Leslie Morris will be moderating the discussion with the painter Felix de la Concha at the CHGS event "Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz," of which GSD is a co-sponsor, on Monday, January 26, 2015. Read More
  • Moritz Meutzner awarded Jerome Joss Award

    Moritz Meutzner has been awarded the 2015 Jerome Joss Award from the Center for Jewish Studies for his project on "Erich Auerbach in Istanbul." Read More
  • Andrew Patten (Ph.D, 2014) receives postdoc

    Andrew Patten (Ph.D, 2014) has received a two-year, full-time postdoc fellowship at the Universität Erfurt, to begin January 2015. He will be working in the Laborgruppe "Kulturtechniken": Ein interdisziplinäres Projekt der Geschichts-, Literatur- und Medienwissenschaft in Erfurt und Weimar (Laboratory for "Cultural Techniques:" An Interdisciplinary Collaboration between History, Literature, and Media Studies in Erfurt and Weimar). Read More
  • German Graduate Seminar travels to Berlin

    In connection with the CGES collaborative and graduate seminar Leslie Morris and Rick McCormick have organized and are teaching in Fall 2014, "Place & Displacement: Transnational German-Jewish Culture" (GER 8300), Leslie, Rick, and 6 of the 8 graduate students enrolled in the seminar are off to Berlin this week.

    In Berlin, they will be joined by their partner seminar group that is also part of the CGES collaborative, taught by co-organizer Ofer Ashkenazi, History and the School of Arts at the Hebrew University. Ofer's seminar and the seminar at Minnesota have been meeting together via interactive video during the semester, but now they will meet without the media interface in Berlin. Ofer is bringing all 10 of his graduate students to Berlin.

    Besides attending the opening of the international DAAD conference, "Wendepunkte," attending a session of a conference at the Jewish Museum, "Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity," and visiting such sites of German-Jewish life in Berlin as das Bayrische Viertel, the group will gather together at the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung on Sunday for a colloquium at which the students from both universities will make presentations on the research topics they have each chosen for their seminar papers.

    Leslie, Ofer, and Rick want to thank the following organizations for their support of this collaborative:

    The Center for German & European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch at the University of Minnesota; Daat-Hamakom: Center for the Study of Modern Jewish Cultures of Place--supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation; the Richard Koebner-Minerva Center for German History and the DAAD Center for German Studies at the Hebrew University.
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  • Dan Karvonen's translation of Finnish crime novel published


    Among the Saints Book CoverAmong the Saints, Dan Karvonen's English translation of Finnish author Jari Tervo's crime novel "Pyhiesi yhteyteen" has been published by Ice Cold Crime. Although Jari Tervo's novels have been translated into many languages, this is his first book to appear in English. Each chapter is told in the first person by 35 different people affected by a murder that occurs in the woods of Finnish Lapland.
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  • Angelica Fenner (Ph.D., 1999) edits essay collection

    Book Cover: The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
    The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film, a collection of essays edited by Angelica Fenner (Ph.D., 1999), has been published by Camden House.
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  • Jenneke Oosterhoff publishes new book on Dutch grammar

    Book Cover: Modern Dutch Grammar
    Jenneke Oosterhoff's book Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide has been published by Routledge.
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  • Jack Zipes publishes translation of Grimms' first edition

    Book Cover: Zipes' Brothers Grimm
    Jack Zipes has published a new book, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition. It is the first translation into English of the Grimm's original collection, and the dark stories are not your children's fairy tales!
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  • Juliette Brungs (Ph.D., 2013) working for Social Pedagogic Institute in Berlin

    Juliette Brungs (Ph.D., 2013) is working as a Project Coordinator for the foundation SPI (Social Pedagogic Institute Walter May) in the project "Diversity-orientierte und Interkulturelle Kompetenz" (Diversity-Oriented and Intercultural Competence) in Berlin, developing and teaching workshops for state employees and smaller businesses on the topic.

    She is continuing her academic work with the Postdoctoral and Doctoral Colloquium "The Aesthetic of Applied Theater" under the guidance of Professor Mathias Warstat at the Freie Universität Berlin.
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  • Constantin Parvulescu (Ph.D., 2006) publishes book on Postwar Eastern European Cinema

    Book Cover: Orphans of the East
    Constantin Parvulescu (Ph.D., 2006) has written a book on postwar Eastern European film, Orphans of the East: Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject, to be published by Indiana University Press in June 2015.
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  • Andrew Patten defends dissertation

    Andrew Patten successfully defended his dissertation, "All that is the Case: The Collection, Exhibition, and Practice of Weltliteratur," in September 2014. Read More
  • Beth Kautz to conduct workshop on Integrating Sustainability Topics in the Foreign Language Classroom

    Beth Kautz is traveling to Washington and Lee University in Virginia this week to conduct a faculty workshop on topic of "Content-based Instruction Beyond the Norm: Integrating Sustainability Topics in the Foreign Language Classroom." In addition to the faculty at Washington and Lee, the workshop will be shared via Adobe Connect with virtual attendees from other institutions that are part of the Associated Colleges of the South. Read More
  • UMN Alumnus Geir Haarde named Iceland's Ambassador to the U.S.

    Icelandic Ambassador Geir Haarde
    UMN Alumnus Geir Haarde (M.A. in Economics, 1997) has been named Iceland's Ambassador to the U.S., to begin in January 2015.
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  • Rebecca Aylesworth (M.A., 2014) now Academic Advisor in University Honors Program

    Rebecca Aylesworth (M.A., 2014) has been hired as an Academic Advisor in the University Honors Program. Read More
  • Ariel Schwarz (B.A., 2013) named Team Coordinator at World Economic Forum USA

    Ariel Schwarz (B.A., 2013) has been hired as a Team Coordinator at the World Economic Forum USA in New York City. Read More
  • Jennifer Hoyer (Ph.D., 2010) named director of new program in Jewish Studies at the University of Arkansas

    Jennifer Hoyer (Ph.D., 2010) has helped found and is the director of a new
    program in Jewish Studies at the University of Arkansas, where she is an associate professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures.
    Details.
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  • Charlotte Melin editing volume on Foreign Language Teaching and the Environment for the MLA

    Charlotte Melin is editing a volume in the Modern Language Association's series "Teaching Languages, Literatures, and Cultures," under the title Foreign Language Teaching and the Environment: Theory, Curricula, Institutional Structures. Read More
  • Jacqueline Listemaa (M.A., 2013) awarded SWEA Scholarship

    Jacqueline Listemaa (M.A., 2013) was awarded the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) Minnesota Scholarship to support her Summer 2014 visit to Finland, where she visited the Åland Islands and Helsinki to gather and compile materials about the Swedish-speaking population in Finland.

    These materials will be available for use in GSD's Swedish classes to introduce students to the Swedish-speaking population and culture in Finland.
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  • Kalani Michell awarded Fulbright Grant

    Kalani Michell has received a Fulbright Award in the Young American Journalist Program for 2014-15. She will spend the academic year in Berlin, Germany, completing archival research on expanded cinematic practices and contexts between the 1960s/70s and today. Her dissertation project addresses the question, "How do we relocate cinema in the digital age, when film is no longer simply to be found in movie theaters?" Read More
  • James Parente named Director of the DAAD Center for German and European Studies

    James A. Parente, Jr., has been named the new Director of the University of Minnesota's DAAD Center for German and European Studies (CGES). Read More
  • Paul Peterson to teach Swedish and German at Augustana College

    Paul Peterson has accepted a two year position beginning in Fall 2014 as a teaching fellow in Swedish and German at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) in the Department of World Languages, Literature, and Culture. Read More
  • Adelia Chrysler and Moritz Meutzner win awards from the Center of Jewish Studies

    Adelia Chrysler and Moritz Meutzner are each recipients of the Theresa and Nathan Berman Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies and the Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies and used the funding to support their research during Summer 2014. Read More
  • Christine Allen elected to Phi Beta Kappa

    Christine Allen, a graduating senior with a dual degree in German Studies and Animal Science, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa by the Alpha Chapter of the University of Minnesota. Read More
  • Leo Riegert (Ph.D., 2005) awarded tenure

    Leo Riegert, who earned his Ph.D. in our department in 2005, has been awarded tenure at Kenyon College in Ohio. Read More
  • Melissa Wicker to participate in MN Goes to Berlin Program

    Melissa Wicker, a double major with GSD and History, will participate in the Minnesota Goes to Berlin Program in Summer 2014. Read More
  • Students awarded GSD Scholarships

    The following students have been awarded GSD scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

    • Alexandra Angoli: Finnish Connection Scholarship

    • Riley Feldmann: a Max Kade Travel Grant

    • Evelina Knodel: Gerhard Weiss Memorial Scholarship

    • Seth Moline: Mary Ann Wilson Hansen Scholarship for Scandinavian Studies

    • Wensi Wang: Hirschbach Study Abroad Scholarship & a Max Kade Travel Grant

    • Melissa Wicker: a Max Kade Travel Grant

    • Harry Wohl: a Max Kade Travel Grant

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  • Taya Poplin-Redhouse awarded Birkelo Scholarship

    Taya Poplin-Redhouse, a GSD major, has been awarded a Selmer Birkelo Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Selmer Birkelo Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 14 outstanding College of Liberal Arts students majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences.
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  • Emily Parrent awarded Talle Family Scholarship

    Emily Parrent, a German minor, has won a Talle Family Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

    The Talle Family Scholarships inspire, reward, and support high achieving students representative of the academic excellence of the College of Liberal Arts with full senior-year scholarships. The award is highly competitive; only ten students out of the college's more than 14,000 undergraduates receive the scholarship each year.
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  • Michael Demianiuk (B.A., 2013) awarded Fulbright Scholarship

    Michael Demianiuk, who graduated from the University of Minnesota in Spring 2013 with a History major and a German minor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies and work in Germany. He is currently there as part of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. Read More
  • Matthias Rothe's Collaborative on Brecht funded by IAS

    Matthias Rothe (GSD) and Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance) proposed the Research and Creative Collaborative "Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure," which has been funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies for the academic year 2014-15. Details.

    Prof. Rothe will direct the German Play, a long-standing department tradition, on "Brecht's Crisis (A Research Theater)" in Fall 2014.
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  • Colleen Kim awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

    Colleen Kim, a graduating senior and a German minor, has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the 2014-15 academic year. Read More
  • Meagan Tripp awarded Fulbright and DAAD Grants

    Meagan Tripp received a Fulbright grant and a DAAD grant for the 2014-15 academic year. She has accepted the Fulbright grant and will be conducting research on her dissertation, "Dance on the Page, Poetry on Stage: Intersections between Modernist German Poetry and Dance." Read More
  • Department to Host Conference on the Frankfurt School

    Theorizing Crisis:
    The Conceptions of Economy of the Frankfurt School (1924-1969)

    Friday, 3/28/2014 - Sunday, 3/30/2014

    35 Nicholson Hall
    Free, No Registration Necessary

    The end of the German Empire in 1918 was, as it is well documented, accompanied and followed by economic crises, by constitutional crises, by revolts and coups d'état. The year of 1924 then not only marked the beginning of a (short) period of relative stability; it was also the year in which the Institute for Social Research was founded in Frankfurt. This overlap is not mere coincidence. Despite crises and unrest, the revolution had not happened and capitalism seemed to have reinvented itself. This can doubtlessly be seen as a major inspiration for the foundation of the institute. A return to Marx and an attempt to theorize the intricate relation between economy, politics, law and culture became the project of the Frankfurt School, made all the more urgent by the rise of National Socialism. The works which perhaps best exemplify this move are Friedrich Pollock's studies on state capitalism and planned economy (1928 and 1932), Henryk Grossmann's crisis theory (1932), Otto Kirchheimer's work on the relation between law and economy (1928 and 1939), and Franz Neumann's book "Behemoth: The Structure and Practices of National Socialism" (1941-1944). A common denominator of these diverse approaches was not only their point of departure: a crisis without redemption, but also the conviction, as Max Horkheimer put it in 1937, that "the economy is the first cause of misery and the theoretical as well as practical critique has to have economy as its main focus" (p. 61). This colloquium attempts to revisit first and foremost the economic thinking of what could almost be called the other Frankfurt School, overshadowed by the later prominence of Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer. In the light of the current crisis of economy we would like to look into the relevance of their economic analyses. Our ultimate concern is for a form of critique that can do justice to our present by neither losing sight of economic forces nor turning them into a modern Fatum, a determination with last and ultimate authority.

    Detailed Schedule of Events
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  • Play-Acting as Nazis Is No Innocent Game

    Late last week, City Pages published photographs that showed men dressed in German SS uniforms seated in the main dining room of northeast Minneapolis restaurant Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit surrounded by Nazi flags. According to a participant, this was a WWII Historical Re-enactment meeting and "just like any club that has a party."

    In Germany and several other European states laws prohibit the public use of symbols of Nazism, in particular flags, insignia, and uniforms. The reason: it assaults the human dignity of others by insulting, maliciously smearing, or defaming segments of the population.
    While in the US the First Amendment to the Constitution warrants constitutional protection to this type of manifestation -no matter how offensive its content- incidents of public display of racist or extremist symbolism have usually been followed by indignation, outrage and demands for action.

    On this occasion, however, the gravity of the case seems to have gone unremarked upon. The protagonists of the dinner were "reenacting," i.e. playing. "Play-acting" can claim the mantle of harmlessness. According to the mentioned participant it is "cool" to dress up like Germans from World War II and go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer.

    We wonder what exactly the mostly male participants in this Nazi-themed dinner party were re-enacting. A militarized, fundamentally anti-democratic, and ethnically cleansed community? A supremacist fantasy of conviviality stipped of its underlying genocidal violence and passed off as nice and normal? To witness fellow Minnesotans entertain themselves in this fashion and to do so at a restaurant named "Gasthof zur Gemuetlichkeit"--German conviviality inn--is nothing short of obscene.

    The Nazi-themed dinner is a grievous insult to the WWII victims and survivors and their families and to American veterans of WWII and their relatives.

    It is also offensive to present day Germans and to the way the Federal Republic of Germany has tried to deal with this awful legacy.

    The Gasthof episode is symptomatic of a wider phenomenon that should be reflected upon seriously. It seems that Nazism and the Holocaust have entered a stage of extreme trivialization.

    As University of Minnesota professors and center directors committed to teaching about the Holocaust and genocides, German culture and history, and Jewish Studies, we resist such trivialization. As Minnesotans we are proud of our state's distinguished record as a haven for political refugees and victims of civil wars. That ethos of sharing and that vision of community are incompatible with what the Gasthof supposed "re-enactors" aim for.

    Free speech is a crucial good. But we are also free to choose to react to it. We hope that as a fellow Minnesotan you will join us in distancing yourself from what has been happening for the past six years at the Gasthof.

    Prof. Alejandro Baer, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    Dr. Sabine Engel, director, DAAD Center for German & European Studies
    Prof. Rick McCormick, chair, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    Prof. Riv-Ellen Prell, director, Center for Jewish Studies

    Read this piece in the Star Tribune.
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  • Jennifer Hoyer (Ph.D., 2010) honored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas

    Jennifer Hoyer (Ph.D., 2010) has been honored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas for her outstanding contributions to the Jewish community.
    Details available from the University of Arkansas Newswire.
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  • Beth Kautz awarded a DAAD grant

    Beth Kautz has been awarded a DAAD grant to attend the 41st annual Jahrestagung des Fachverbands Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Conference of the Association for German as a Foreign Language ) and the DAAD workshop „Lernkulturen in der Sprach- und Kulturvermittlung DaF" (Learning Cultures in the Instruction of Language and Culture in German as a Foreign Language) at the University of Münster, March 20-22, 2014. Read More
  • Leslie Morris receives Imagine Fund Award and named Residential Fellow in IAS

    Congratulations to Leslie Morris, who has received an Imagine Fund Annual Award for AY 2014-15 and will also be a Residential Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in Spring 2015. She will be working on Lacunae: Loss After Loss. Read More
  • Anja Shepela defends dissertation

    Anja Shepela successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "'Meine kühnsten Wünsche und Ideen': Women, Space, Place, and Mobility in Late Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Germany," in December 2013. Read More
  • Lindsay Lawton defends dissertation

    Lindsay Lawton successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Marketing Authenticity: Production & Consumption of 'Muslim' Women's Memoirs in Germany & Austria," in December 2013. Read More
  • Roger Skarsten (Ph.D., 2012) Accepts Position as Lecturer

    Roger Skarsten (Ph.D., 2012) has accepted a two-year position as Lecturer for English in the language center at the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) in Hildesheim, Germany, beginning Fall 2013. Read More
  • MIrko Hall (Ph.D., 2006) Named Chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures at Converse College

    Mirko Hall (Ph.D., 2006) has been named Chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures at Converse College, starting Fall 2013. Read More
  • Sydney Norton (Ph.D., 1998) Accepts Position as Assistant Professor

    Sydney Norton (Ph.D., 1998) has accepted a position as assistant professor at the Saint Louis University. Read More
  • Blanket search for LCTL instructors

    Part-Time Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Positions
    The College of Liberal Arts, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    he Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of lecturers and teaching specialists to teach lower-division language skills courses in the less-commonly-taught languages offered in the Department (Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish), that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Openings of this kind occur for teaching evening, Summer Session, and day courses.
    This does not constitute a posting for vacancies, but establishes a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2013/14 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis throughout the academic year.

    Duties include teaching undergraduate or graduate students in assigned course(s); holding office hours to assist and advise students; and participating in relevant departmental training and meetings. These positions are contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding. Appointments can be for the academic year (8/26/13 to 5/25/14), semester-by-semester (fall 8/26/13 to 01/08/14, or spring 1/09/14 to 5/25/14) or for summer term. These positions are temporary and are usually part-time. Salaries for 2013-14 will be approximately $6,000 per five-credit course. 

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in the language of instruction, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. One year of teaching experience. Native or near native fluency in the language of instruction, as appropriate for the position. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development. 

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of post-secondary teaching experience in the relevant language. Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in the language of instruction, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, or technology-enhanced teaching is preferred. Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors.
    Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at the Lecturer level. 

    Application Instructions
    Please apply online via the Employment System at
    https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=112457 To apply for this position, click on "apply for this posting" and follow the instructions.

    Persons interested and who meet the required qualifications listed above should follow the application instructions to attach a letter of application (which includes how many sections per semester they are available to teach, maximum and minimum) and a curriculum vitae. Two letters of recommendation are also required. They can be uploaded as well or may be mailed directly to: Search Committee; German, Scandinavian and Dutch; University of Minnesota; 320 Folwell Hall; 9 Pleasant St. SE; Minneapolis, MN 55455-0124 or to pauli001@umn.edu Student evaluations or other documentation of teaching quality may also be submitted if available.

    Applications will not be acknowledged but will be reviewed when such openings occur throughout the academic year. Applications must be updated or resubmitted for each academic year.

    Courses may become available throughout the year, so applications will be accepted until April 15, 2014. Applications received by July 15, 2013 will be given priority for Fall Semester 2013, and those received by October 15, 2013 will be given priority for Spring Semester 2014.

    The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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  • Blanket search for German instructors

    Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Positions in German
    The College of Liberal Arts, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of lecturers and teaching specialists to teach lower-division German language skills courses or other German courses that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Openings of this kind occur for teaching evening, Summer Session, and day courses.
    This does not constitute a posting for vacancies, but establishes a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2013/14 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis throughout the academic year.
    Duties include teaching undergraduate or graduate students in assigned course(s); holding office hours to assist and advise students; and participating in relevant departmental training and meetings. These positions are contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding. Appointments can be for the academic year (8/26/13 to 5/25/14), semester-by-semester (fall 8/26/13 to 01/08/14, or spring 1/09/14 to 5/25/14) or for summer term. These positions are temporary and are usually part-time. Salaries for 2013-14 will be approximately $6,000 per five-credit course.

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in German, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. Two years of post secondary teaching experience in German. Native or near native fluency in German. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
    Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in German, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, or technology-enhanced teaching is preferred. Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors.
    Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at the Lecturer level.

    Application Instructions
    Please apply online via the Employment System at
    https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=112458 To apply for this position, click on "apply for this posting" and follow the instructions.

    Persons interested and who meet the required qualifications listed above should follow the application instructions to attach a letter of application (which includes how many sections per semester they are available to teach, maximum and minimum) and a curriculum vitae. The other required materials, two letters of recommendation, and student evaluations or other documentation of teaching quality, can be uploaded as well or may be mailed directly to: Search Committee; German, Scandinavian and Dutch; University of Minnesota; 320 Folwell Hall; 9 Pleasant St. SE; Minneapolis, MN 55455-0124 or to pauli001@umn.edu
    Applications will not be acknowledged but will be reviewed when such openings occur throughout the academic year. Applications must be updated or resubmitted each academic year.

    Courses may become available throughout the year, so applications will be accepted until April 15, 2014. Applications received by July 15, 2013 will be given priority for Fall Semester 2013, and those received by October 15, 2013 will be given priority for Spring Semester 2014.

    The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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  • Rick McCormick Speaks at Schiller Sculpture Rededication

    On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the newly restored bronze sculpture of Friedrich von Schiller was rededicated at a special ceremony in Como Park.
    Prof. Rick McCormick was invited to give a short talk on Schiller. You can read his remarks in this PDF.
    More information on Schiller and the sculpture in his honor can be found on Public Art St. Paul's website.
    For 105 years, a sculpture of German literary giant Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) has presided over the gateway to Como Park. It was commissioned from artist Ignatius Taschner by St. Paul's German American community and gifted to the City in 1907. Having braved over a century of Minnesota winters, this cultural treasure has been completely restored by Public Art Saint Paul.
    The community is invited to rededicate the sculpture with triumphant fanfare and choral voices on Saturday, May 11th at 10:00am. The rededication will be held at the Schiller sculpture site near the Como Park gateway at Lexington and Eastbrook drive. In case of rain, the program will move indoors to the Como Park Visitor Center Auditorium.
    A Minnesota Chorale performance of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony will celebrate the sculpture's rededication. Saint Paul City Councilmember Amy Brendmoen will officiate, along with Honorary German Consul Christa Tiefenbacher Hudson, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hahm, and Public Art Saint Paul President Christine Podas-Larson. University of Minnesota Professor Rick McCormick will speak of Schiller and students of the Twin Cities German Immersion School will recite a Schiller poem.

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  • Juliette Brungs Defends Dissertation


    Juliette Brungs successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Performing the Jewish Body in Contemporary Germany" in May 2013.
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  • Charlotte Melin Promoted


    Charlotte Melin has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor, starting Fall 2013. Congratulations!
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  • Marnie Christensen awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship


    Congratulations to Marnie Christensen, who has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) for 2013-14. The DDF program gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to dissertation research and writing during the fellowship year.
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  • Adelia Chrysler and Isaac Schendel Awarded FLAS Fellowships


    Congratulations to Adelia Chrysler and Isaac Schendel, who have each been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.
    Adelia Chrysler will study Yiddish in Summer 2013 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.
    Isaac Schendel will study Norwegian here at the University of Minnesota in the academic year 2013-14.
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  • Juliette Brungs, Marnie Christensen, and Adelia Chrysler win awards from the Center for Jewish Studies


    Congratulations to Juliette Brungs, Marnie Christensen, and Adelia Chrysler, who have each been awarded the Theresa and Nathan Berman Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies & Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies for Summer 2013. This fellowship provides support to full-time graduate students doing research in an area of Jewish Studies and who demonstrate potential in their field.
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  • Adam Oberlin (Ph.D., 2012) to be Director of the German Program at The Linsly School



    Adam Oberlin (Ph.D., 2012) has accepted a position as a Foreign Language Teacher (Director of the German Program) at The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia, a traditional co-ed preparatory school, starting Fall 2013.
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  • Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez (Ph.D., 2011) Accepts Tenure-Track Position


    Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez (Ph.D., 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of German at Longwood University starting Fall 2013.
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  • Alumni Speak at GSD Career Panels


    Twelve alumni and spoke on three panels at the GSD Career Panels Event on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. This event gave undergraduates a chance to hear from professionals with educational backgrounds in German, Scandinavian, and/or Dutch studies who work in a variety of fields.

    We'd like to extend a big "Thank You!" to all participants for making this event a smashing success!

    Business Career Panel
    Liz Stopka, moderator
    McKenzie Stupica, coordinator
    • Cheryl Powers, Founder and President, The Research Edge
    • Marcel Derosier, Director, Enterprise Architect, Ameriprise Financial
    • Lubbert Kruizenga, President of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, VP of Finance for Americas for SmartTrac Technology
    • Phyllis Dozier, Vice President, Talent Development United Health Group

    Government and non-profit Career Panel
    Heather Lamb, moderator
    Felicia Stevens, coordinator
    • Elizabeth Rose, Key Account Manager at the Better Business Bureau
    • Ellen Ewald, Currently Partner at Tysvar and former Director of Higher Education and Research at the Honorary Norwegian Consulate General
    • Sue Wickham, Director of Human Resources, Department of Administration, State of Minnesota
    • Patrick Scully, Founder of Patrick's Cabaret and ESL teacher

    Professionals (law, medicine, environmental science)
    Maddie Hoover, moderator
    Evan Welo, coordinator
    • Anders Folk, Lawyer, Leonard, Street and Deinard, and former assistant U.S. district attorney and commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps
    • Donn Dexter, Chief Medical Officer, Mayo Clinic Health System WI-MN Region, neurologist
    • Carol Stark, Family practice physician, Entira Family Clinics
    • Devin Zeller, Consultant, Consultant at The Forest Stewardship Council, former Senior Analyst at The Walt Disney Company, Sustainability Analyst at Calvert
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  • Kalani Michell Awarded Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study

    Kalani Michell has been awarded the Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study for the 2013-14 academic year.

    The Leonard Fellowship in Film Study provides stipend support for an academic year of well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research.
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  • Jochen Schulte-Sasse: In Memoriam

    Our colleague Jochen Schulte-Sasse, who retired in May 2012, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the age of 72. He had been ill for several years. He was with his family in the San Francisco area when he passed.

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    Born in Salzgitter, Germany, Jochen received his Ph.D. in 1968 from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, where he would complete his Habilitiation in 1976. He first came to the University of Minnesota already in 1968-69 to teach on an exchange. In 1978 he was hired by what was then the German Department (now GSD); within a year he was promoted to full Professor. He soon was teaching for both German and the Department of Comparative Literature (now the Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, or CSCL); at one point he served as chair of Comparative Literature. For both departments, his teaching, like his scholarship, covered a wide range of subjects in German and European literary, aesthetic, and cultural theory and history: from Kant, Schiller, and German Romanticism to Lacan, poststructuralism, and the postmodern.

    An internationally recognized scholar of German cultural and intellectual history, he authored seven books on literary theory and criticism, and he helped establish Minnesota as a center for innovative research in German Studies and Comparative Literature. As co-editor of the University of Minnesota Press's acclaimed series, "The Theory and History of Literature," he introduced many European literary and cultural theorists to the American academy. He co-founded the journal Cultural Critique. His devotion to social justice and independent thinking endeared him to his students, who honored him with a colloquium in 2011 titled "Felix Aestheticus," the happy aesthetic practitioner.

    He will be sorely missed by his colleagues at the University of Minnesota and by generations of students he taught and mentored.

    A memorial service has been planned for Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 PM in the Macalester chapel.

    Contributions to the the Jochen Schulte-Sasse Fellowship in German Studies may go to the University of Minnesota Foundation, C-M 3854, P.O. Box 70870, St. Paul, MN 55170.
    More information: http://www.giving.umn.edu/giving_opps/outright_gifts/index.html.

    Obituaries:
    German Quarterly: In Memoriam: Jochen Schulte-Sasse (1940-2012) (PDF)
    Sueddeutsche Zeitung: Von Kitsch zu Kant
    Frankfurter Allgemeine: Zum Tod von Jochen Schulte-Sasse Aufklärung als Inspiration
    University of Minnesota Press: Jochen Schulte-Sasse, renowned intellectual, dies at 72
    Star Tribune:

    Revierpassagen: Damals in Bochum - eine Erinnerung zum Tod des Germanisten Jochen Schulte-Sasse
    Jochen discussed many aspects of his life and career in this 2003 interview for the GSD Magazine: http://www.gsd.umn.edu/news/mag2003Schulte-Sasse.html.
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  • GSD's Swedish Program Profiled by Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter

    The Swedish Language Attracts Thousands in the U.S.

    Read the original article in Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish)
    The English translation, below, is also available to read as a PDF document.

    Jackie Listemaa, Mariah Swanson, Amara Sankhagowit, and Heidi Miller study Swedish at the University of Minnesota.
    Photo: Jackie Listemaa, Mariah Swanson, Amara Sankhagowit, and Heidi Miller study Swedish at the University of Minnesota.
    Swedish is easy and the country's culture looks cool. So too do students studying at the University of Minnesota agree. Though the series "Skärgårdsdoktorn" amuses them, it's hardly like American television.

    It's perhaps surprising that American university students would suddenly wish to learn Swedish. But four students sitting in Folwell Hall find absolutely nothing surprising about it.
    Ben Wils, 22, has studied Swedish for two years. He has a 92-year old woman of Swedish extraction in his hometown of Iron Mountain to thank for his interest. As a teenager he received from her an old instruction-book on the Swedish language, and she functioned as something of a mentor before he went to college in Minneapolis.

    "Ben has a certain knack for language. Though when he began here, he was using an antiquated language with verb forms like gingo," laughs Lena Norrman, a lecturer in Swedish and Scandinavian Studies.

    Ben Wils is also the only student among the group who has been abroad to Sweden. Last summer he visited the land that both fascinates him and calls to mind home.
    "Sweden is extremely beautiful. Though the people are a bit less social than here in the States. And I was amazed by how many Swedes smoke," which he says in English when his Swedish doesn't suffice.

    Ben's sisters have been less than supportive of his desire to learn such an "unnecessary" language. And even though he himself hardly sees his language skills as being applicable for a future career, he still seeks to complete his study next school year.

    Photo: Students Mariah Swanson and Ben Wils with one of the many learning-aids they use during lessons
    Photo: Students Mariah Swanson and Ben Wils with one of the many learning-aids they use during lessons
    Heidi Miller, who participates alongside Ben in the Swedish Club at the University, has hopes of being able to use her knowledge of Swedish in the future.

    "I view Sweden as a leader in environmental concerns and it would be great to travel there, so that I could work on a farm and learn how farms in Sweden differ from American ones. Afterwards I hope to contribute something here, from my experiences," she explains.
    Mariah Swanson, 22, is the only member of the group of Swedish extraction from her father's side - while her mother is Mexican. At home she speaks only English and Spanish. However when she started at the University, she thought it was time to learn about the culture her father hasn't shown much interest in.

    "Swedish is my most enjoyable subject and it is very interesting to learn about the New Sweden through television series and books," she says.

    Earlier this year the author Jens Lapidus visited the University, and last year the students got to meet Camilla Läckberg, courtesy of an initiative from the Swedish Embassy. Lena Norrman points out that she teaches how Sweden has changed in recent decades and is no longer how many Americans imagine it. Obligatory elements in instruction include modern literature, online Swedish newspapers, and television viewing. Sveriges Television's programs, such as "Skärgårdsdoktorn" and "Leende guldbruna ögon," are appreciated by the students, who cannot help but chuckle when discussing them.

    "Swedish series are much more direct than American series. In the US we go around problems or strange characters," says Jackie Listemaa, who just joined the group.
    Having completed her education, she works currently as a teaching-assistant in Swedish and Finnish. Her good Swedish can mainly be attributed to the pop group Kent. With the help of their lyrics she expanded her vocabulary.

    Lena Norrman explains that it isn't just people of Swedish heritage who wish to learn the language. Many more are interested in Swedish design, music, and film.

    "My job is to be an ambassador and demonstrate how we can use Swedish in combination with, for example, political science, geography, geology, or tech-industries. It's important to find combinations, because by itself Swedish is a small language. But we are leaders within many areas, like environmental consciousness and everything industrial," she says and speaks proudly of one of her previous students who received a permanent position with Scania I Södertälje.


    Facts - Swedish Studies in the US

    In 2011, 28 universities around the US offered Swedish instruction - totaling 3,500 students who study Swedish.

    Seattle surpasses them all with 2,000 students; of which many combine Swedish as a major with Communications, Economics, History, or Architecture.
    Around 65 students at the University of Minnesota study Swedish each school year. Most study two years. The third year is divided up between Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. Students read something from each language and are roomed together.
    Interest in studying Swedish as a foreign language is increasing. Today it is possible to study at 220 universities in 40 different countries. A growing interest is seen in countries such as France, Italy, and Poland.


    Bulgaria: Great interest in Swedish literature

    Caption: We have previous students who went on to employment in international relations, within tourism, in consulates and embassies, within mass media, and as translators.
    One country, where the enthusiasm for Sweden and its language is great, is Bulgaria. Its capital, Sofia, has housed for 20 years a four year-long course in Scandinavian studies. Each year 15-20 students begin lessons. "Interest in the Swedish language is strong and remains constant," explains the professor, Dr. Vera Gancheva, who's been active at the institution in Sofia for many years.

    In addition to the language itself, the Bulgarian students acquire a good knowledge in Swedish culture, history, and literature. One instructor is a Swedish lecturer, along with the frequent guest-lecturers from the other Nordic nations. Swedish - together with Norwegian - are the main languages.

    According to Vera Gancheva, the students in the Scandinavian program have no problem finding a job.

    "We have previous students who went on to employment in international relations, within tourism, in consulates and embassies, within mass media, and as translators."
    Swedish literature has a market, in particular for crime fiction, though interest was greater some years ago.

    "Books by Strindberg, Lagerlöf, Bergman, and Tranströmer are available commercially in Bulgaria, but still face stiff competition from those by Mankell, Guillou, Alvtagen, and Lapidus," Vera Gancheva explains, who not long ago released her own book, Evighetens Arkitekt, about Emanual Swedenborg.


    Russia: 800 students study Swedish

    Our large neighbor to the east is home to a relatively intense interest. Russia ranks third, after the US and Germany, in opportunities to study the language at a university level - 22 universities and colleges offer courses.

    Especially strong is the interest found in the northwest, the region nearest to Sweden. Colleges in cities like Pskov and Petrozavodsk, though relatively unknown to us, have Swedish in their course offerings.

    Roughly 800 full-time Russian students have devoted their energies to Swedish at the university level. Added among them are the thousands who study at private language schools and the like.

    At the large universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg, "Regional Specialists" receive their instruction, aiming to train themselves as experts both in the language and in Swedish society and culture.


    Mexico: Engineering students study Swedish

    Each year a couple hundred students study Swedish at Unam State University in Mexico City. Though not integrated into the broader curriculum, the language is still studied alongside normal instruction.

    Five separate difficulty-levels are offered, all the way from the beginner to the advanced.
    Among those who study Swedish, is the marked inclusion of a large group of engineering students who view the language as the key to future employment with a Swedish company. Counted among those seeking instruction are also linguists and relatives to Swedes living in Mexico.

    Swedish courses are given also by private schools in Mexico, which frequently have concluded an agreement with one, or more, of those Swedish companies that operate there.
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  • Shawn Jarvis (Ph.D., German, 1991) Publishes Book



    Her book, Im Reich der Wünsche, die schönsten Märchen deutscher Dichterinnen, was just published with Beck Verlag in Munich and was recently at the Frankfurt book fair. It includes 21 Märchen, an afterword, biographies and images of the authors, and a bibliography for further reading. It also includes commissioned artwork.
    http://www.chbeck.de/trefferliste.aspx?action=author&author=105715421
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  • Rembert Hüser receives Outstanding Adviser Award for 2012



    Rembert Hüser received the Outstanding Adviser Award for 2012 for his service as GSD's Director of Graduate Studies (2009-2012), given by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), in partnership with the Student Conflict Resolution Center and Office of Student Affairs.
    Recipients of this award were nominated by their students and selected by a committee of students across our student body. 2012 was the inaugural year of the award.

    https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/gapsa/newsletters

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  • CFP: Spaces of Encounter, GSD Graduate Student Conference (April 26-27, 2013)



    Keynote Speaker: Christian Hawkey, Pratt Institute
    "We are two sternums, facing each other. Two ribcages. I do not know, at this hour, where the space my chest inhabits ends and his begins, where one language ends and another begins."
    In Ventrakl, which he terms a collaboration with the Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914), Christian Hawkey stages an encounter across time, space, and language. Drawing on poetry, biography, and photographs, Hawkey seeks to reanimate Trakl, not simply by reading his words, but by translating them, by writing in the "between-voice" that is at once Trakl's and his own. As Hawkey describes it, the two poets sit across from one another in a "nearly empty" room, and out of this encounter, a text emerges. Liminal spaces figure prominently in the poems of the collection, and Hawkey deems the creation of such spaces essential to inspired writing, "[...] by clearing such a space, a linguistic utterance offers an invitation to enter, to collaborate, to fill or fill out the pointed-to space." Thus Hawkey's room is ultimately defined, not by its emptiness, but by possibility.
    Spaces, whether physical or metaphysical, invite encounters among people, cultures, objects, and ideas. A face to face meeting can result in collaboration or altercation, connection or estrangement. Though the shaping of a space can help determine the nature of the encounter, as soon as an encounter occurs, the space is formed anew. Thus while encounters are ephemeral, spaces are constantly in flux across time, imbued with layers of meaning that bear the traces of previous encounters. This interplay between the site and the event is at the heart of our inquiry.
    This conference will create a space for encounters across media and disciplines. We invite proposals for papers, creative works, or presentations in alternate formats. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to:
    * How does interdisciplinarity create a space of encounter?
    * Where does one find other "nearly empty" rooms: physical, textual, virtual, and ephemeral?
    * How do perceptions of cultural norms or expectations in domestic and public spaces influence encounters?
    * How do political, economic, or cultural values influence the potential for collaborations and altercations?
    * How do museums and galleries stage encounters with an artist, an object, an idea?
    * In what ways do stages or other performance spaces host encounters?
    * How do translation and transcription shape various interactions with and interpretations of a text?
    * How do objects allow for encounters that transcend time and space?
    * How does one confront gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and religion in different types of spaces?
    Please send abstracts of 250 words or less for 15-20 minute presentations to umn.gsd.conf@gmail.com by November 15, 2012.
    Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/spaces-of-encounter/
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  • Brian Kays awarded Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship



    Brian Kays (Scandinavian Languages & Finnish major) has received the Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship for 2012, which is awarded annually by the American Swedish Institute. The scholarship is awarded to Minnesota residents who plan to carry out scholarly or creative studies in Sweden. Kays will be studying at Umeå University.
    http://www.asimn.org/programs-education/scholarships/scholarship-winners/brian-kays
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  • Helga Thorson (Ph.D., 1996) Granted Tenure, Awarded Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching



    Helga Thorson (Ph.D., 1996) was granted tenure at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada) effective July 1, 2012. She is also the 2012 recipient for the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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  • Christine Allen Awared Kaler Family Scholarship



    Congratulations to Christine Allen, double major in German Studies and Animal Science, who has been awarded the Kaler Family Scholarship for Fall 2012.
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  • Jonathan Rabb (B.A., 2010) awarded Fulbright

    Jonathan Rabb (B.A., 2010) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study journalism in Germany. Details. Read More
  • Mirko Hall (Ph.D., 2006) receives tenure and promotion to associate professor

    Mirko Hall (Ph.D., 2006) has earned tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor of German at Converse College beginning Fall 2012. Read More
  • Kelly Backstrom awarded Holten Scholarship



    Congratulations to Kelly Backstrom, who has received the 2012-2013 Holten Scholarship to pursue a B.. German Studies.
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  • Zoe Bartholomew awarded Waller Scholarship



    Congratulations to Zoe Bartholomew, who has received the 2012-2013 Jean Cameron & Robert Linde/Waller Scholarship to pursue a B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Finnish.
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  • Lindsay Lawton and Nichole Neuman awarded 2012 Summer Graduate Research Grants by the Center for Austrian Studies



    Congratulations to Lindsay Lawton and Nichole Neuman, who have each been awarded a 2012 Summer Graduate Research Grant for conducting research related to Austria and/or Central Europe by the Center for Austrian Studies.
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  • Juliette Brungs awarded Voices of Vienna Scholarship



    Congratulations to Juliette Brungs, who has been awarded the Center for Austrian Studies' 2012 Voices of Vienna Scholarship, established by Wilbur and Kathryn Keefer in honor of William E. Wright. The scholarship will be used for conducting research related to Austria and/or Central Europe.
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  • Blanket search for LCTL instructors



    Part-Time Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Positions
    The College of Liberal Arts, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of lecturers and teaching specialists to teach lower-division language skills courses in the less-commonly-taught languages offered in the Department (Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish), that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Openings of this kind occur for teaching evening, Summer Session, and day courses.
    Duties include teaching undergraduate or graduate students in assigned course(s); holding office hours to assist and advise students; and participating in relevant departmental training and meetings. These positions are contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding. Appointments can be for the academic year (8/27/12 to 5/26/13), semester-by-semester (fall 8/27/12 to 01/09/13, or spring 1/10/13 to 5/26/13) or for summer term. These positions are temporary and are usually part-time. Salaries for 2012-13 will be approximately $6,000 per five-credit course.
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in the language of instruction, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. One year of teaching experience. Native or near native fluency in the language of instruction, as appropriate for the position. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development.
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of post-secondary teaching experience in the relevant language. Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in the language of instruction, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, or technology-enhanced teaching is preferred. Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors.
    Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at the Lecturer level.
    Application Instructions
    Please apply online via the Employment System at
    https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=102968
    Persons interested and who meet the required qualifications listed above should follow the application instructions to attach a letter of application (which includes how many sections per semester they are available to teach, maximum and minimum), a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Student evaluations or other documentation of teaching quality may also be submitted if available.
    Please submit Letters of intent and curriculum vitae. Other applicant materials can be uploaded as well or may be mailed directly to: Search Committee; German, Scandinavian and Dutch; University of Minnesota; 320 Folwell Hall; 9 Pleasant St. SE; Minneapolis, MN 55455-0124 or to pauli001@umn.edu
    Courses may become available throughout the year, so applications will be accepted until April 15, 2013. Applications received by June 8, 2012 will be given priority for Fall Semester 2012, and those received by October 15, 2012 will be given priority for Spring Semester 2013.
    The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
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  • Blanket search for German instructors



    Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Positions in German
    The College of Liberal Arts, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of part-time lecturers and teaching specialists to teach lower-division German language skills courses or other German courses that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Openings of this kind occur for teaching evening, Summer Session, and day courses.
    Duties include teaching undergraduate or graduate students in assigned course(s); holding office hours to assist and advise students; and participating in relevant departmental training and meetings. These positions are contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding. Appointments can be for the academic year (8/27/12 to 5/26/13), semester-by-semester (fall 8/27/12 to 01/09/13, or spring 1/10/13 to 5/26/13) or for summer term. These positions are temporary and are usually part-time. Salaries for 2012-13 will be approximately $6,000 per five-credit course.
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in German, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. Two years of post secondary teaching experience in German. Native or near native fluency in German. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development.
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in German, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, or technology-enhanced teaching is preferred. Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors.
    Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at a Lecturer level.
    Application Instructions
    Please apply online via the Employment System at
    https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=103258 To apply for this position, click on "apply for this posting" and follow the instructions.
    Persons interested and who meet the required qualifications listed above should follow the application instructions to attach a letter of application (which includes how many sections per semester they are available to teach, maximum and minimum), a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and student evaluations or other documentation of teaching quality. Please submit Letters of intent and curriculum vitae.
    Other applicant materials can be uploaded as well or may be mailed directly to: Search Committee; German, Scandinavian and Dutch; University of Minnesota; 320 Folwell Hall; 9 Pleasant St. SE; Minneapolis, MN 55455-0124 or to pauli001@umn.edu
    Courses may become available throughout the year, so applications will be accepted until April 15, 2013. Applications received by June 8, 2012 will be given priority for Fall Semester 2012, and those received by October 15, 2012 will be given priority for Spring Semester 2013.
    The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
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  • James Pasternak defends dissertation



    James Pasternak successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Apocalypse or Utopia: Representations of the Medieval in Nineteenth-Century German Historical Fiction," in May 2012.
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  • Lindsay Lawton awarded GSD's Weiss Fellowship for Fall 2012



    GSD is awarding Lindsay Lawton a one-semester Weiss Fellowship to do dissertation research in Fall 2012.
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  • Andrew Patten awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-13



    Andrew Patten has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year from the Graduate School.
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  • Roger Skarsten defends dissertation



    Roger Skarsten successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Singing Arminius, Imagining a German Nation: Narratives of the 'liberator Germaniae' in Early Modern Europe," in May 2012.
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  • Adam Oberlin defends dissertation



    Adam Oberlin successfully defended his dissertation, "The Style and Structure of Minnesang," in May 2012.
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  • Hannah Miller awarded 2012-13 CLA Selmer Birkelo Scholarship



    Congratulations to Hannah Miller, one of our German majors, who is a recipient of a 2012-13 CLA Selmer Birkelo Scholarship. To be considered for a Birkelo Scholarship, students must be majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences, and must be nominated to the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs by their major department.
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  • GSD hosts Sustainable Scandinavia Conference



    Sustainable Scandinavia Conference: Thinking Green in the Nordic Countries. This conference, organized by the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch with funding from the Committee on Nordic Studies Abroad, features sixteen speakers from both the Nordic countries, who each present their views on sustainability in Scandinavia and the United States.
    Friday, May 4, 2012 9:30am-4:00pm
    Saturday, May 5, 2012 9:30am-1:15pm
    Rapson Hall 56
    More information: https://events.umn.edu./020486
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  • GSD graduate students host "In Case of Trance, or Mit offenen Augen schlafen" workshop



    GSD graduate students to host the workshop "In Case of Trance, or Mit offenen Augen schlafen."

    • Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Film Screening, Folwell 112

    • Friday, April 27, 2012 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Lecture by Dr. Ute Holl "Trance Techniques, Cinema, and Cybernetics", Nicholson 135

    • Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 10:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 2:30 pm Workshop Sessions, Folwell 113


    This workshop is in advance of the upcoming GSD Graduate Student Conference, to be held at the University of Minnesota, November 15-16, 2012.
    More information: http://gsdtrance.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/workshop-schedule/
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  • Göran Stockenström honored



    Because Professor Göran Stockenström will be retiring at the end of this semester, we are planning a reception in his honor that will acknowledge his career as a scholar and teacher in general, and will acknowledge specifically his work on August Strindberg. We want especially to celebrate the new three-volume anthology on Strindberg on which he has worked and which is about to appear in Sweden, timed to commemorate the centenary of Strindberg's death.
    Our colleague Professor Poul Houe has generously offered to present a paper (approximately 20 min. in length), titled: "Was August Strindberg a Humanist? Göran Stockenström Is!"
    More information: https://events.umn.edu/020533.
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  • Esther Edelmann and Meagan Tripp awarded Visiting Fellowships at Johns Hopkins University for 2012-13



    Congratulations to Esther Edelmann and Meagan Tripp, who have been each been awarded a Visiting Fellowship in the German and Romance Languages and Literatures Department at the Johns Hopkins University for 2012-2013.
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  • Matthias Rothe awarded Gastwissenschaftler Fellowship for February 2013



    Matthias Rothe has been invited to be a "Gastwissenschaftler" (fellow) in February 2013 at the "Center for Literary and Cultural Research" Berlin. He will receive a research grant and can make use of all their facilities in the frame of his book project on eighteenth century moral philosophies and the role of violence in the conceptions of civil society.
    More information: http://www.zfl-berlin.org/zfl-english.html.
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  • Tom David defends dissertation



    Tom David has successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Interrogating Utopia: The Science Fiction of the German Democratic Republic in an Age of Globalization."
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  • Arsena Ianeva-Lockney awarded DAAD grant to fund Group Study Visit to Germany



    Arsena Ianeva-Lockney has been awarded a DAAD grant to take 12 graduate or advanced undergraduate students of German on a tour of Germany from June 3-13, 2012 on the theme of "Communication and Innovation." Students will be responsible for their transportation costs, but room and board are provided. Interested students should contact Arsena Ianeva-Lockney at ianev001@umn.edu. Deadline: March 26, 2012.
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  • Göran Stockenström receives Career Achievement Award from IHRC



    The Immigration History Research Center will honor Göran Stockenström at its annual "Milestones and Merriment" appreciation event. Prof. Stockenström will receive a Career Achievement Award for his many years of contributions to the field of immigration history. The IHRC invites Prof. Stockenström's former students and colleagues to join them in honoring him, along with the other awardees at the event, which will be on Wednesday, March 7 from 4:30 until 7:00pm in 120 Anderson Library.
    More information: https://events.umn.edu/019245.
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  • Anne Wallen defends dissertation



    Anne Wallen has successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "The Philosophic Game: 18th-Century Masquerade in German and Danish Literature and Culture."
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  • Green German Project presentation voted "Best in Minnesota"



    Congratulations to Adam Oberlin and Beth Kautz, whose presentation at the October 2011 MCTLC (Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Language and Culture) conference was voted the "Best of Minnesota." Beth and Adam introduced teaching materials from the "Green German Project", developed in summer 2011 and funded by a Title VI / CARLA grant. With this "Best of Minnesota" award, they have been invited to present at the Central States Conference in Milwaukee in March 2012.
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  • Charlotte Melin awarded Institute on the Environment Mini Grant



    Charlotte Melin has been awarded a mini grant through the Institute on the Environment's Fall 2011 Mini Grant competition to support cross-disciplinary collaboration between the language departments and colleagues in other units working to develop environmental education that will culminate in a showcase event, "Language / Environment / Media," to be held in April 2012.
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  • Lena Norrman elected as Trustee of American Swedish Institute



    Lena Norrman has been elected to the American Swedish Institute's Board of Trustees.
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  • Beth Kautz Promoted



    Beth Kautz has been promoted from an Associate Educational Specialist to a full Educational Specialist.
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  • Adam Oberlin receives Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Award



    Adam Oberlin in Germanic Studies has been awarded a one-year Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Award, to support his research with the host center, the Center for Medieval Studies, to begin fall 2011.
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  • Madeline Estes to participate in the 2011-2012 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals



    Madeline Estes has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Ms. Estes was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 500 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, over 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Ms. Estes will be participating in the 28th year of the CBYX program (2011-2012).
    While in Germany on CBYX, Ms. Estes will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in her career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.
    Information on the CBXY program can be found here: http://www.cbyx.info/.
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  • Nora Pittis awarded Center for Austrian Studies Summer Research Fellowship



    Nora Pittis, who is finishing her first year of the M.A. in the German track, has been awarded a Center for Austrian Studies Summer 2011 Research Fellowship for $4,000. She will be working in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale on a project about mixed-marriages between Jews and non-Jews in Austria and Czechoslovakia under German occupation.
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  • Anatoly Liberman receives Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Teaching



    Professor Anatoly Liberman has been selected in a university-wide competition to receive one of the Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Teaching!
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  • Beth Kautz awarded Goethe-Institut stipend



    Beth Kautz has been awarded a stipend to attend a 2-week seminar in Germany sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. She will be near Munich the first two weeks of August 2011 learning about "Blended Learning in Instruction and Continuing Education."
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  • Paul Peterson receives Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Scholarship



    Paul Peterson, Ph.D. student in our Germanic Medieval Studies track, has received the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Scholarship for $25,000 to study and do research on Old Norse nicknames in Iceland the 2011-2012 academic year.
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  • Anatoly Liberman awarded MLA Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography



    Congratulations to Anatoly Liberman, whose book, A Bibliography of English Etymology: Sources and Word List, has been designated winner of the MLA Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography.
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  • Faculty Receive Imagine Fund Grants



    We are proud to announce the five of our faculty members have received Imagine Funds Awards for 2011-12:
    Ruth-Ellen Joeres
    Anatoly Liberman
    Rick McCormick
    Charlotte Melin
    Monika Zagar
    The competitive, University-wide Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Awards support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities.
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  • Evelyn Firchow awarded Humboldt grant



    Evelyn Firchow has been awarded a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to continue work on a research project in the English Philology Institute at the University of Munich this spring. The grant will enable her to work toward completion of an edition devoted to her English translation of Gottfried von Strassburg's Middle High German epic "Tristan und Isolde."
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  • Matthias Rothe joins faculty



    We are very pleased to welcome Associate Professor Matthias Rothe to our faculty.
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  • Monika Zagar promoted



    Monika Zagar has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. Congratulations!
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  • Ashley Olstad awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship



    Ashley Olstad has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the University of Minnesota Graduate School, for the academic year 2010-11. This fellowship, awarded in a University-wide competition, offers one year of support to an advanced graduate student researching and writing her dissertations.
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  • Impostors, Impersonation, and Passing: Graduate Student Conference March 26-27



    "Impostors, Impersonation and Passing," a conference organized by the graduate students in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, will take place Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, on the University of Minnesota campus. Friday evening, a dinner and reception will accompany the keynote address, "Kleist: Spy Writing," by Tamar Abramov. Panel discussions run Saturday morning and afternoon. The full schedule includes event locations, paper titles, and names of participants.
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  • Charlotte Melin receives Grant-in-Aid



    Charlotte Melin has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship to support her current research project, "Frauenlyrik unserer Zeit (1907): The Lost Anthology of Women's Poetry."
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  • Monika Zagar's book is published



    Monika Zagar, associate professor of Scandinavian in GSD, has recently had published her book, Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance, in the series New Directions in Scandinavian Studies from University of Washington Press.
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  • GSD to host the Dutch Summer Institute in 2010



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  • Beth Kautz president of the MN-AATG



    Beth Kautz has been elected president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.
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  • Jack Zipes lecture at GAI, 10/9/09



    The German-American Institute in St. Paul will host a presentation by GSD professor emeritus Jack Zipes on the fairy tales written by Dada artist Kurt Schwitters during the 1920s and 1930s. Zipes is a noted expert on fairy tales, and his translation of Schwitters's texts, Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales, was published earlier this year by Princeton University Press.
    7:00pm
    Free and open to the public
    301 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
    Co-sponsored by the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    For more information, please visit the website of the German-American Institute.
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  • Ashley Olstad and Carmen Price win Fulbright grants to Germany



    Two students from the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch have been awarded full grants from the Fulbright Program to spend the 2009-2010 academic year in Germany. German Ph.D. student Ashley Olstad will conduct research for her dissertation. Carmen Price, a GSD graduate who received a B.A. in German studies and English in 2008, will study intercultural education policy at Freie Universität Berlin.
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  • Adam Oberlin nominated for prizes at SASS



    Germanic medieval studies graduate student Adam Oberlin has been nominated for the best graduate student paper and best graduate student history paper prizes at the 2009 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study conference in Madison, Wisconsin. His paper is entitled "Hákon Hákonarson's Norway and Crusading as Institution."
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  • Jack Zipes awarded Graduate School grant



    Professor Emeritus Jack Zipes has been awarded a Professional Development Grant for Retirees from the Graduate School for the project "De-Disneyfying the Fairy-Tale: A Social and Cultural History of the Fairy-Tale Film in America and Europe."
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  • German undergraduate receives Birkelo Scholarship

    German and global studies major Jonathan Rabb received a Selmer Birkelo Scholarship, CLA's most prestigious merit award for undergraduates. Read More
  • GSD faculty receive Imagine Fund grants



    Poul Houe, Rembert Hueser, Rick McCormick, Charlotte Melin, and Monika Zagar received grants from the Imagine Fund, a University of Minnesota and McKnight Foundation initiative to support research projects in the arts and humanities.
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  • Rick McCormick receives funding for research in Berlin



    Rick McCormick has been awarded grants from the DAAD and the UofM Office of International Programs to support research in Berlin for the project "Sex, Politics, and 'Transnational' Comedy: the Films of Ernst Lubitsch - from Berlin to Hollywood."
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  • Ginny Steinhagen wins AATG scholarship



    The American Association of Teachers of German has awarded lecturer Ginny Steinhagen a scholarship to attend the seminar "Neuer Blick, Neue Stimmen: Interkulturelles Leben und Wirken," taking place this summer in Berlin. An essay by Steinhagen can also be found in the first issue of Neues Curriculum: Journal of Best Practices in Higher Education German Studies.
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  • Evelyn Firchow receives Graduate School grant



    Prof. Evelyn Firchow has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University of Minnesota Graduate School to complete a new translation of Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan.
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  • Lena Norrman receives CLA Outstanding Service Award



    Swedish lecturer Lena Norrman has received an Outstanding Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts for her dedication to teaching, service, and research. Her book, Viking Women: The Narrative Voice in Woven Tapestries, was published by Cambria Press in fall 2008.
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  • Ray Wakefield honored with teaching award



    Prof. Ray Wakefield has received the 2007-08 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award by the College of Liberal Arts. This major award recognizes the lasting contributions of faculty to undergraduate and graduate education and advising.
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  • Anatoly Liberman receives anonymous grant



    Anatoly Liberman has received significant funding support for 2008-10 for his Encyclopedic Dictionary of English Etymology project, from an anonymous out-of-state donor.
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  • Monika Zagar will be visiting international fellow



    Monika Zagar will be a visiting international fellow in the HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) program "Divided States of Europe: Globalization and Inequalities in the New Europe," April 20-25, 2008.
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  • Jenneke Oosterhoff granted professional development leave



    Jenneke Oosterhoff was awarded a professional development leave for spring 2008 to complete grammar workbooks for basic and intermediate Dutch to be published in 2009.
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  • Anatoly Liberman awarded Grad School grant



    The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School has awarded Anatoly Liberman a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship for the project "An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology".
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  • Friederike Weiss wins travel grant



    Friederike Weiss won a faculty travel grant from the European Studies Consortium. She's off to Stuttgart to gather curricular materials for her Spring 2008 German FLIP course, "Was uns bewegt".
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  • Bath Kautz receives award and grant



    Beth Kautz was awarded the CLA Professional and Administrative Outstanding Service Award for 2006-2007. On top of that, Beth secured an Instructional Equipment Grant from the Student Technology Fee Committee for the project "Developing Visual and Cross-Cultural Literacies". The award will go towards purchasing a multi-standard VCR/DVD player, LCD projector, and presentation cart with speaker amp, cables, and replacement lamp unit for the projector, for use in 128 Folwell.
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  • Jack Zipes receives Briggs Award



    Jack Zipes has been awarded the 2007 Katherine Briggs Award for his book Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre. The Folklore Society presents this award annually to acknowledge excellence in the field of folklore studies, covering a broad range of anthropological and literary scholarship.
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