Alumni News

Mark Russi ’84

Mark is professor of medicine and epidemiology and director of the occupational health service at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After a Fulbright year in Germany, in which he expanded his thesis on the German Lied, he earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and his public health degree from Yale, where he joined the faculty in 1993.

Christopher “Zeke” McMullen-Laird ’05

Zeke keeps busy as maestro suggeritore at the Bavarian State Opera and as president of the Dartmouth Club of Germany. In addition to conducting his orchestra, the Mio (Münchner internationales Orchester), he has led performances of Karl Jenkins’s Eloise: An Opera for Young People under the sponsorship of Das deutsche Schulerstipendium of the Roland Berger Stiftung

Brigitta Wagner ’00

After receiving Fulbright and DAAD fellowships, earning a Ph.D. from Harvard, and being an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Brigitta Wagner has relocated to Berlin as a freelance film historian, filmmaker, and film consultant. She is currently a Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität and the Universität der Künste. She also works for the Telluride Film Festival. She is the author of DEFA after East Germany (2013) and Berlin Replayed: Cinema and Urban Nostalgia in the Postwall Era (2015). Her films include We’re No Actresses (2013) and Rosehill (2015).

Elise Seyferth ’14

Elise Seyferth ’14 spent the spring of 2013 at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, researching chemically-mediated interactions between plants. This past year she returned to the Institute with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship.

Susannah Thompson ’08 and Eli Rosen ’08

Susannah and Eli have been living in Berlin since graduation—Susannah first with support from the DAAD and then a Dartmouth General Fellowship, followed by a few years working for the Atlantik-Brücke. She now employed by Wein & Vinos, Germany’s largest importer of Spanish wines. Eli in the meantime teaches grades 7-9 at the Freie Montessori Schule Berlin, in addition to English and bilingual Geology to the 11th and 12th graders. This summer they were married in Boston in a ceremony that included several German poems suggested by Ellis Shookman. They are now back in Berlin after a honeymoon in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah.

Jane Cavalier ’14

Jane has spent the past year researching contemporary German art with the support of her Fulbright Scholarship, developing a specific research interest in feminist discourses in Germany on Minimalist art in the 1980s and 1990s. She simultaneously pursued opportunities in freelance writing and recently published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books entitled “A Torrent of Punk, Techno, and Radical Art,” treating the confluence of art and hacker culture in Berlin. Early on in the year, she interned at the Berlin-based music-sharing platform, SoundCloud. Next year, with the support of a Dartmouth Reynolds Scholarship, she will study for a Masters in Contemporary American Art at the Courtauld Institute in London.

Steve Tozer ’72

Jonathan Sa’adah’s How Many Roads, his book of photographs of the Upper Valley in the 1970s, includes a portrait of Steve as an example of someone living on the land. During his senior year, Steve squatted in a cabin on the Connecticut River in Norwich, commuting to his German classes by canoe.

Peter Verovšek ’06

Peter, who majored in Government and German and was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia and later a DAAD Fellow in Frankfurt, finished his Yale Ph.D. in Political Science and is Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard, where he received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. His has completed his book manuscript on The Past as a Resource for Political Change. This summer he was married at Lake Bled in Slovenia, surely one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The wedding party went by boat to the island church, where Peter managed to carry his bride up the 99 steps to the entrance, “which is traditionally considered to bode well for the marriage.”

Calder Fong ’10

After graduation, Calder received a Fulbright fellowship to study industrial archaeology, industrial cultural studies, and the history of science and technology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in German at the University of Michigan. 

He writes, “I recently finished my preliminary exams and am now working on my dissertation prospectus. My research focuses on large-scale projects to landscape abandoned industrial sites in reunited Germany between 1989 and 1999. I have also completed coursework for the University of Michigan Museum Studies Program’s certificate.”

Jenny Strakovsky ’09

Jenny spent a Fulbright year at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin before beginning her graduate program. She writes, “Things are going very well. That freshman writing seminar on the Künstlerroman turned out to have lasting consequences! I am still at Stanford, working toward a PhD in German Studies, and plan to graduate in June 2016. Currently, I’m in the thick of the dissertation-writing adventure, studying 19th-Century novelist Gottfried Keller and his depictions of romantic love and marriage. In just a few weeks, I will be traveling to Zurich, Keller’s hometown, to check out his novel drafts and letters in the archives of the Zentralbibliothek. And just before I leave for Switzerland, I am visiting Old Salem, NC, for a paleography workshop to learn to read old German script. It should be fun. By the way, I finally caught the Silicon Valley start-up bug and got involved in a Stanford start-up. It's an online tool for humanities seminars, which lets students annotate their class readings online, compare notes, etc. We’ve been doing research on how faculty teach upper-level seminars and how students learn in the humanities.

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