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News from the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures


Alumni Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2016

Prof. McGlothlin discusses interpretations and aspects of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with some of the students

Erin McGlothlin co-organizes new Freshman Focus program

“The History, Memory, and Representation of the Holocaust” was a year-long, interdisciplinary freshman seminar that enabled 16 incoming students to develop a deep and sophisticated understanding of the causes, dynamics, implications, representations, and memory of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. The seminar culminated in a 12-day trip to Holocaust-related sites in Poland, Lithuania, and Germany in May 2016.  While on the trip, the students created an online “exhibit” that featured a group blog containing their reflections on the sites, as well as photos and videos of the trip.

Kurt Beals' translation featured on St. Louis Public Radio

Kurt Beals was featured in an edition of the podcast Cut & Paste on the topic of Franz Kafka. In his interview with the producers, Professor Beals discusses his recently published translation of Rainer Stach's collection of Kafka discoveries made while conducting research for his monumental biography of the author. The English translation of the book is entitled Is that Kafka? 99 Finds and appeared with New Directions earlier this year.
What makes a democrat? An interview with Jennifer Kapczynski
Jennifer Kapczynski was recently interviewed by the Center for the Humanities on the topic of representations of masculinity in post-World-War-II German film. Professor Kapczynski was in residence at the Center during the spring 2016 semester, having received a special Mid-Career Fellowship to complete her book on the topic. 
Biennial Symposium on German Literature and Culture
Last spring, the department hosted its 23rd biennial symposium. The event, entitled Knowledge in Motion: Constructing Transcultural Experience in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (1200–1750), was co-organized by Gerhild Williams and Christian Schneider. Sixteen scholars from North America and Germany participated. Click the link above for more information.

Updates from our former majors and minors

We recently reached out to our undergraduate alumni for updates on their whereabouts and activities. Click the link above to read recent news. We plan to request updates on an annual basis in the future and post them on the website, so please tell fellow alums who may not be in contact with us to send us their current email address!

In Brief

Read recent updates from our faculty
Meet our new student coordinator, Cecily Stewart Hawksworth
Read about our current graduate students and their achievements
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