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.
GSD graduate student Moritz Meutzner has long been interested in examining German and European history from a transnational perspective and studying language and culture through a multidisciplinary lens. The University of Minnesota has been the perfect place for him to develop those interests.
What does the life of a language instructor really look like? It involves a lot more than classes, lesson plans, and office hours! Senior Lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff gives us a glimpse of what keeps her busy beyond the classroom.
With only a handful of American universities offering Finnish courses, senior lecturer Daniel Karvonen uses technology to collaborate with other institutions, giving students on multiple campuses more opportunities to study Finnish language and culture.