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Graduate School Experience for Advanced Undergraduates in German Studies

The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, with the generous assistance of the DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service, will host a Graduate School Experience for Advanced Undergraduates in German Studies on November 17-19, 2016. The topic of the workshop will be "German Studies in the 21st Century: History, Text, Image" (preliminary schedule). The purpose of the workshop is to promote graduate study in German, with an eye to the future of German Studies in the U.S., by giving talented undergraduates a taste of what graduate study has to offer them. Faculty are invited to nominate students with strong academic records and an interest in graduate studies in German.
Old Swedish barn on the Peterson farmstead in Minnesota

Making Connections

Dr. Lena Norrman took her students to the Andrew Peterson farmstead to enrich the experience of culture learning, something the German, Scandinavian & Dutch department encourages. By going to the farmstead, students were able to gain insight of what life may have been like for Scandinavian immigrants to Minnesota.
Photograph of professor Ginny Steinhagen

Sharing the German Language with High School Students

Ginny Steinhagen is the Faculty Coordinator for the German College in Schools program, which gives high school students the opportunity to experience college-level courses. The German department helped pioneer the program at the University. Over 500 students participate from twenty-four different schools throughout Minnesota. To foster community, Steinhagen organizes two field days every year where CIS students can connect with other high school students who also learn German.
Photograph of professor Leslie Morris

Delving into Jewish Culture

Professor Leslie Morris took a very indirect path to becoming who she is today. She was adamant about pursuing a degree in English, but was “bitten by the bug” of German during her last year of college. As a comparatist, much of her work has revolved around the aftermath of the Holocaust and setting German literature in a broader European and Anglo-American context.
Photograph of an undergraduate student, Annamarie Moline

Q&A with Annamarie Moline

Sophomore Annamarie Moline is an energetic GSD student and serves as co-president of the University of Minnesota Swedish Club. She enjoys being in the department because her classes have given her a broader world perspective. “I’m starting to realize that I hit a goldmine and am lucky to be a part of something so great,” she says.
Photo of a building in Munich, Germany

Environmental Humanities Course Expands Internationally

University of Minnesota professors, in partnership with the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) brought graduate students from seven different areas of study together to explore interdisciplinary practices of ecocriticism in the seminar course Transatlantic Environmental Humanities. Graduate students in this seminar participated in dialogues with peers and scholars abroad that has inspired new research projects and created opportunities beyond the classroom.