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