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  • Michael, Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages and Professor of German at Princeton, has published, together with Howard Eiland, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard UP). This is his second book on Benjamin, not including the standard English-language version of Benjamin’s writings, of which he is the general editor. Mike’s many other publications treat theories of art history, literary modernism, Weimar culture, 18th-century aesthetics, and photography.

  • Ray teaches at the Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota. His specialties are second-language acquisition, medieval German literature, and Dutch.

     

  • Hoffmeister Prize (for the best honors thesis): Danielle Smith

    Schlossmacher Essay Prizes: 1st Place: Ryan Gallagher; 2nd Place: Alex Ganninger, Nina Maksimova 3rd Place: Michael Beechert, Connor Lehan

    Pray Prize in German Studies: Danielle Smith (who also graduated as class salutatorian).

    German Consulate Award: Maia Salholz-Hillel

    German Book Award (for superior course work):...

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  • The term “iron curtain” is more than 200 years old. Its usage has evolved through time. Long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Professor Yuliya Komska says that its recent rise in common usage may help to foster destructive divisions among European nations.

    “By applying ‘iron curtain’ to these divisions,” Professor Komska writes, “journalists and politicians create a fault line between Western Europe and countries in the east. In doing so, they risk associating problems common across...

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  • By Joni B. Cole

    This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    Yuliya Komska is an assistant professor of German studies, a Cold War cultural historian, and a self-proclaimed “wannabe Austro-Hungarian.” A native of Ukraine, Komska recently published her first book, The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border. She shares...

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  • “Unlikely as it may seem, the success of the Samsung commercial can start new conversations about language policy and language learning in more than a few countries,” says Professor Yuliya Komska. 

    Read the full story in the Pacific Standard.

  • Over the past year, Assistant Professor of German Yuliya Komska became a regular columnist for Reuters on her native Ukraine and other issues and was part of The New York Times “Op-Talk” feature, and Associate Professor of Engineering Vicki May landed a book deal based on her Huffington Post series on STEM education and is preparing a five-part lesson series for TED-Ed on thinking creatively about engineering.

    This is just a fraction of the work produced with support from the...

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  • “The template is simple: When the West rises for so-called ‘Western values’—for various freedoms, that is—it inevitably gets more solidarity, attention, and validation than any other part of the world trying to do the same,” writes Professor Yuliya Komska.

    Read the full story in the Pacific Standard.

  • by Professor Irene Kacandes

    I’m an American child of the Cold War. The yellow alarm pole was next to my elementary school, and when it went off we practiced duck and cover. I had a repeating dream of a red monolith I knew was “Communism,” even as I had little sense of what that meant other than “bad” and “dangerous.”

    I’m a Dartmouth professor currently directing the Department of German Studies’ Foreign Study Program...

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  • Dartmouth’s George Edmondson, an associate professor of English, and Klaus Mladek, an associate professor of German studies and comparative literature, make up one of eight teams chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies for 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. Edmondson and Mladek plan to write a book together; it is to be titled “A Politics of Melancholia.”

    “Long-lasting collaborations between scholars from...

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