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Professor James Parente in his office

Mining the Gap: James Parente on Studying the Unstudied

Going where few scholars have gone before, Professor James Parente has made a career of studying what others have missed. He recently began examining how premodern texts changed as they migrated through various cultures and time periods, and how that journey has shaped the way we know them today. Multilingualism and comfort with complexity are critical to this approach, making Parente the perfect candidate to develop a transnational perspective on literary history.
Helena Ruf sitting at her desk

Reaching Out

Director of Language Instruction, Helena Ruf has taken on a number of roles since joining the department in 2012, and is described as the “linchpin” that connects everything going on in GSD. “This job gives me the opportunity to affect change and make things happen,” she says. “It’s a very exciting and rewarding experience, and I wish I could do even more.” One of the many ways she does that work is by serving as co-chair of the department’s Outreach Committee. The committee works hard to develop the best strategies for spreading the word about studying the German, Scandinavian, and Dutch languages.
Graffiti in Berlin, Germany

Germany: A Home Away from Home

Sisters Elaine and Amanda Benke share a passion for the German language and culture, leading each of them to minor in German alongside their majors in science and design. They spent last summer in Berlin enrolled in a language immersion program and their time there has changed how they connect to the world around them.
Photo of Sophie Grieger in a winter coat with trees and a hill in the background.

Memories in Munich

Senior Sophie Grieger began her journey with German much later than most who study a foreign language, but she hasn’t let that hold her back. Just one year after she started taking German language classes, Grieger earned a GSD scholarship to study abroad through the Junior Year in Munich program.

Graduate School Experience for Advanced Undergraduates in German Studies

The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, with the generous assistance of the DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service, will host a Graduate School Experience for Advanced Undergraduates in German Studies on November 17-19, 2016. The topic of the workshop will be "German Studies in the 21st Century: History, Text, Image" (preliminary schedule). The purpose of the workshop is to promote graduate study in German, with an eye to the future of German Studies in the U.S., by giving talented undergraduates a taste of what graduate study has to offer them. Faculty are invited to nominate students with strong academic records and an interest in graduate studies in German.
Old Swedish barn on the Peterson farmstead in Minnesota

Making Connections

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.