Learning abroad gives students the opportunity to study in other countries and expand their personal, professional, and global development. Read how a diverse group of GNSD students have made the most of their college careers by learning abroad!
“Culture transcends national borders and has a life of its own,” says PhD candidate Meyer Weinshel, who highlights the need for intercultural literacy and multilingualism. His archival research in traditional texts and translations reveals intersections between German and Yiddish cultures.
The Hella Mears fellowship strives to uphold the mission of the late Minnesotan philanthropist who had a special dedication to the preservation of German and European research and education in the state. Read on to discover how the Mears fellowship engages the communities of Minnesota through classroom visits, field days, and other innovative initiatives.
Nils Hasselmo first joined the university in 1965 as a professor of Scandinavian languages and literature, later becoming the thirteenth president of the University of Minnesota, serving from 1988 to 1997.
“The more you learn, the less you realize you know.” For Kathryn Huether, a PhD student in musicology, this statement summarizes her experience in this transcontinental graduate seminar. Professors Leslie Morris’ and Mary Jo Maynes’ course takes a deeper look into the records of the past while questioning the selection process.
Philosopher Immanuel Kant’s work delves deep into the concept of freedom in both his moral and political philosophies—so what does a Kant scholar do when these treatments of freedom don’t quite seem to line up? Professor Matthias Rothe explains how inconsistencies in Kant’s work must be understood in a broader historical, social, and political context.
Living in a world anticipated by Walter Benjamin in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, where authenticity and truth are questioned, we value what can be traced back to the original, be it in the form of runes and manuscripts or contemporary media.
Dr. Nadya Clayton illustrates Russia’s rich history in the arts and role as a critical cultural player in connecting the east and west. In collaboration with the Museum of Russian Art in south Minneapolis, she works to provide students with opportunities to learn about the over 200 ethnic groups and minorities in Russian culture and their unique impact on the world.
In a world filled with digital media, GNSD’s director of graduate studies Matthias Rothe highlights the theatre as a tool for critiquing society. He indulges his lifelong appreciation for the stage by researching the cultural importance of theater and shedding new light on a prominent German playwright, Bertolt Brecht.
“Once you find your passion and the piece of you that clicks, everything else falls into place.” That’s the advice of 2018 graduate Lily Obeda, whose double major in GSD with a Scandinavian & Finnish emphasis and speech-language-hearing sciences has prepared her for an exciting career in academia.
Philosophy major Jordan Kleist, ’19, is learning abroad in Austria thanks to the Frank D. Hirschbach Study Abroad Scholarship. Kleist is there to connect with his heritage and deepen his understanding of German philosophers through language study. “To really understand how those philosophers viewed the world and conceived their ideas, I will need to study them in their original language,” he says.
This semester, the TandemPlus program helped facilitate exchanges with three new partner institutions: a high school in Finland, an online university in Spain, and a liberal arts focused college in Argentina. The path to finding the partners was different in each case.