Spring 2019 Newsletter from German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch

As we move into summer, there are many changes to celebrate in GNSD. Thanks to the success of our faculty search last winter, we are welcoming new assistant professors to the department, Ross Etherton and Jamele Watkins. We’re excited about the fresh perspectives they will bring to our German studies program and the range of their interdisciplinary expertise—more information to come in the future. Also arriving in GNSD this fall is a trio of teachers for Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish who will renew energy across our language programs.

The articles in this newsletter describe how a network of connections extends outward from the department. You’ll read about undergraduates inspired to pursue learning abroad experiences that take them into the world. The piece about Meyer Weinshel, a graduate student drawn to studying translations of German literature into Yiddish, reveals the intersection between his academic pursuits and the language course he’s teaching in the community. And you’ll learn about the ripple effect that spreads ever wider through current and past Mears Fellows who have worked with our College in the Schools program.

If these articles resonate with your own special connections with the department, we hope you will share that news by visiting the Alumni & Friends section of our website. We’re interested in your story and look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Charlotte Melin
GNSD Chair

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