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GNSD Statement on Racial Justice

The Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch joins the ongoing protest against racial inequality and injustice in the Twin Cities and nationwide, asserting that Black lives matter. We oppose racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, trans- and homophobia, misogyny, white supremacy and racist violence, and strive towards an inclusive department in which all feel respected, safe, and welcome. 

TandemPlus Class-to-Class Exchange with Germany

As the name suggests, TandemPlus class-to-class (C2C) exchanges usually pair one local language class with one language class in another country. Individual students from each of the classes are paired and meet online three to five times throughout the semester for conversation in both the target language and English. Sometimes, however, the group of students at one of the universities isn't technically "a class," but rather students from a variety of courses who have been recruited by a staff person at the institution to form a group for the purposes of the exchange. This type of arrangement is usually due to special circumstances, such as curricular changes due to COVID-19.
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In eynem’s Communicative Approach to Yiddish Pedagogy

PhD candidate of the GNSD Department, Meyer Weinshel, has been piloting a forthcoming Yiddish textbook, In eynem, the Yiddish Book Center’s forthcoming communicative language textbook (available July 2020).  To mark the publication of the book, Meyer interviewed Asya Vaisman Schulman, co-author of the book, and director of the Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Language Institute.
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Q&A with Bridget Brown

Senior Bridget Brown discusses adapting to distance learning and how her background in German studies and psychology informs how she understands the pandemic. "My liberal arts education has helped me analyze different aspects of our lives during COVID-19...I've really appreciated my broad sphere of learning and my ability to look at this situation from multiple angles."
Lena Norrman in Iceland

Piecing It Together: Searching for Stories of Icelandic Women

“Women were strong. They had their own will; they had their own say,” says Lena Norrman, lecturer of Swedish and Scandinavian studies. Norrman spent fall 2019 in Reykjavík, searching through 13th-century Icelandic sagas for clues about lives of women at that time, and found that they were more independent than their counterparts on the European continent.
Portrait of Ross Etherton

An Unexpected Love

In high school, Ross Etherton had no college aspirations and thought of German as an ugly language. Now, as a professor of German, he incorporates what he learned as a first-generation college student and a graduate student mentor into how he teaches and relates to his students. Reflecting on being a mentor, he says, “some of my biggest joys were watching students move from something that they didn’t like to something they ended up falling in love with.”
Professor Emeritus Gerhard Weiss

Gerhard Weiss dies at 93

Weiss began teaching German studies at the U in 1956 and also served as the department's chair for eight years. He mentored new faculty and redefined how German studies was taught at the U, incorporating topics that went beyond language and literature to include urban studies and cultural history.