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).

Susanna Seidl-Fox ’83

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, Susanna worked as a simultaneous interpreter for the United States Department of State, interpreting primarily for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She also worked in publishing at Random House/Pantheon Books and at G.P. Putnam's Sons in New York. Susanna was a Fulbright Fellow and studied German theater and literature at the Universities of Mainz and Berlin, Germany. She holds a B.A. in German literature and government from Dartmouth College, NH, USA and an M.A. in translation and interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, CA, USA.”

Jon Welch ’84

Jon used a Fulbright to Germany to further his musical interests. While studying in Munich, he began working as a professional trombonist and has since put together a highly successful, multi-faceted career as a composer, arranger, performer, and producer. He lives outside Hamburg.

Matt Njaa ’88

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 Duke and is now an anesthesiologist in Georgia.

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.

Michael Jennings ’72

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.

Jack Zipes ’59

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.