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.
Despite the cold weather, Minnesota gave its visitors a warm welcome for the Super Bowl. Lena Norrman, a senior lecturer in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, explains why she believes 'Minnesota nice' originated from Scandinavian immigrants.
This academic year marks the end of a 39-year career at the University of Minnesota for Professor Poul Houe. In his last semester of teaching, Professor Houe discusses his early days in academia and the importance of taking ownership of one’s authenticity.
The newest addition to the University of Minnesota Department of German Scandinavian and Dutch, Prof. Benjamin Bigelow, shares his insights on the influence of Scandinavian visual arts as well as the connections between Minnesota and Scandinavian culture.
The College of Liberal Arts has received a $5 million gift from the estate of Hella Lindemeyer Mears. It will provide research, educational, and outreach opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students and support faculty research in the Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch and the Center for German & European Studies.
December 6, 2017 marked the hundredth anniversary of Finland becoming an independent nation-state, and UMN’s Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch played a special role in commemorating that milestone and honoring Minnesota’s Finnish connections.