Alumni News

Eric Ames ’91

Eric is Professor of Germanics and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has recently edited Werner Herzog: Interviews, his second book on Herzog. His first was Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog, which was published by Minnesota UP in fall 2012. He is now at work on his third, a monograph, Aguirre, the Wrath of God for Palgrave-MacMillan’s prestigious British Film Iinstitute’s series, BFI Film Classics. At age 71, Herzog continues to make films, which means that Eric may not be done yet writing about him.

Alexia Huffman D’Arco ’05

Alexia has been finding exciting new opportunities wherever she goes. After a Fulbright in Munich in 2005-6, followed by several further years working at the Atlantik-Brücke in Berlin, she became the special assistant to the president of the Atlantic Council in Washington, completed an M.A. in International Security Studies at Georgetown, and joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow with the South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau. When her husband, a naval officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was stationed to Japan, she first moved to the political-military affairs unit at the Embassy in Tokyo and then later became an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Temple University’s Tokyo campus. She also started consulting for the TOMODACHI Initiative, which is a public-private partnership between US Embassy Tokyo and the US Japan Council in DC. This summer, after almost three years in Japan, they moved to Memphis for two years while Neil provides legal advice to the Admiral who runs Navy Recruiting Command.

Joann Halpern ’88

Joann was the founding director of the German Center for Research and Innovation. This past April she came to campus on a visit arranged by the German Club to talk about the kinds of international opportunities that are available. Her visit quickly bore fruit, as she helped to arrange an internship in Germany for Daniel E. Berthe ’18 in the coming year after his FSP.

Claire Scott ’11

Claire E. Scott is a PhD candidate in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies. Having successfully completed her preliminary exams last spring, Claire is currently writing a dissertation entitled: “Violent Mothers: Narrating Anxieties about Women as Perpetrators of Violence in German Literature and Film of the Late 20th Century.” In addition to her dissertation Claire has a forthcoming article in Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies entitled: “Subverting Injurious Language: How Ilse Aichinger’s Narratological Strategies Liberate the Protagonist of ‘Spiegelgeschichte.’”

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

Saida Makhmudzade ’14

After having spent her senior spring on an internship in the Bundestag, Saida received a DAAD fellowship to support her in 2014-15 on a research study in Berlin, in which she compared the Russian and Turkish immigrant experiences. While this undertaking was a success, she also decided that her first love is dance, and she has been accepted into a program in Kassel.

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.

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