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.
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.
Senior Kat Hurlbutt reflects on her experiences as a transfer student immersed in the German program. She appreciates GSD’s emphasis on developing cross-cultural understanding alongside language skills, and plans to move to Germany after she graduates.
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.