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  • It is common for German majors to become, among other things, physicians or attorneys. Matt, however, is probably unique in doing both. After his undergraduate program, which included several terms as a drill instructor in German 1 and 2 and a participant in the 1986 Berlin Foreign Study Program, he went off to law school and then joined a firm. Ten years later, however, he determined that his real calling was in medicine. Stanford Medical School agreed and took him on. He did a residency at...

  • The website describes Susanna as “the Program Director for culture and the arts at Salzburg Global Seminar, where she conceptualizes, develops, and manages several seminars and programs each year. She joined the staff of Salzburg Global Seminar in 1995 and has served in various capacities including academic program coordinator, director of program development, and director of seminars. Before coming to Salzburg Global,...

  • 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.

    Since graduating as a German major — after participating in the Mainz FSP that Bruce Duncan directed in 1970 — Steve has gone on to become Professor in Educational Policy Studies at...

  • 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.


  • Even in retirement, Jack maintains his presence at the University of Minnesota and continues to solidify his standing as one of the world’s preeminent fairy tale experts. Princeton University Press has recently published his new translation of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition.

  • 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...

  • Veronika Fuechtner

    Veronika Fuechtner reported in this summer from Berlin while directing the summer LSA with an unusually large group of students. Last fall, she taught her German cinema class, in which she took the students to see Volker Schlöndorff’s new film “Diplomacy” at Telluride at Dartmouth and organized a Skype conversation with taz-film critic Cristina Nord. She also taught the class “To Be Young and German” (GR 10.01), which featured students’ monologue presentations of...

  • 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):...

  • 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...