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.
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.
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.
400 years after his death, Shakespeare still delights an audience. Many people can recite a line or two or twenty off the top of their heads—but the man himself remains a mystery. Professor Anatoly Liberman joined MPR News host Kerri Miller to discuss the little-known life of the Bard, his ear for language and his storied sonnets.
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.