New & Noteworthy
Recent booksAnatoly Liberman. An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
Lena Norrman. Viking Women: The Narrative Voice in Woven Tapestries (Cambria, 2008)
Awards & AccoladesFor a second year, GSD hosted The Graduate School Experience 2008 (August 16-22) on the topic "History, Memory, Narrative." Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) and the Max Kade Foundation, the program is designed to introduce 15 college juniors from across the United States to graduate students in German. In addition to seminars with faculty members, the workshop included opportunities to explore the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Anatoly Liberman has received a major grant from an anonymous donor for work on the Encyclopedic Dictionary of English Etymology during 2008-10.
Ray Wakefield was awarded the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2007-08.
The Society for German-American Studies conferred its Outstanding Achievement Award on Gerhard Weiss at the group's annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Monika Žagar was HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) fellow in spring 2008. She reviewed the Oslo HECUA program and received the Nortana Travel Grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jack Zipes has retired and been awarded the title of professor emeritus.
GSD is pleased to welcome Tamar Abramov (Ph.D., Harvard) as visiting assistant professor (2008-09). Also teaching in the department is Karen Painter, associate professor of music, who joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2007-08.
Barbara Wolbert is the DAAD (German Academic Exchange) visiting professor for 2008-11. An adjunct professor at the European University Viadrina, Wolbert has her departmental home in the anthropology department and will also teach GSD courses. Wolbert's scholarly interests include globalization (migration, ethnicity, diversity issues, particularly relations between Germany and Turkey), visual culture, and cultural politics.
Graduate Research Partnership Program grants were awarded to two Ph.D. candidates to support scholarly collaboration with faculty members: Ashley Olstad ("Imagining the Jewish Body: Case Study Among Jewish Immigrants of Berlin" with Leslie Morris) and Lindsay Jorgensen ("Fame, Authenticity, and the Berlin Documentary" with Rembert Hueser).
Named as Mears Fellows for 2008-09 were graduate students Ashley Olstad and Alison Karijolich. Olstad was also awarded the Gerhard Weiss fellowship. The Max Kade Foundation fellow is Kalani Michell.
Among graduate students: Adam Oberlin received a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship to study Modern Icelandic and Adrienne Damiani to study Dutch. James Pasternak took part in a seminar organized by the German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.) that trains researchers in working with the German archival system and deciphering German handwritten texts. The GSD graduate student conference "Common Senses: Perception and Perspective" (March 28-29) was organized by Lindsay Jorgensen, Marnie Christensen, and Adrienne Damiani.
Among teaching staff: Ari Hoptman was promoted to senior lecturer. Beth Kautz was honored with the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award in 2007. Jenneke Oosterhoff was awarded a professional development leave in spring 2008 to complete grammar workbooks for basic and intermediate Dutch to be published in 2009. Danish teaching specialist Søren Riis joins GSD through a program supported by the Danish University and Property Agency.
Among undergraduates: Hannah Switalski received the Schlenker Scholarship and James Imes the Hirschbach Scholarship. Other undergraduate 2008-09 scholarship recipients include Janessa McDonald, Mitchell Holthaus, and Alyssa Mitchell. Mitchell also received the College in the Schools scholarship award. Four students received Max Kade Foundation Travel Grants (Erika Doerr, Anna Kummer, Shane Scott, and Emilia Withuhn). Nicole Korth received the Weiss German Major Project Award and Paul Peterson the Scandinavian Major Project Award. Brianna Chatters's screenplay Hans Can Dance was a finalist at the Beverly Hills Film Festival (2007), the International Family Film Festival (2008) and the London Independent Film Festival (2008). It was a quarter-finalist at the FilmMaker's International Screenwriting Awards in 2007.
Nina Tikkanen of the University of Jyväskylä (M.A. graduate specializing in Finnish literature) joins the department for 2008-09 as the Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant in the second year of a program sponsored by CIMO/Finnish Ministry of Education and the Finnish Fulbright Commission. Also joining the department for the year are Peter Bodenbenner (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), Filip Liebsch (Freie Universität Berlin), and Marta Lysik (Humboldt Universität Berlin).
Melody Pauling, GSD executive secretary, was honored for 30 years of service to the University of Minnesota.
Alumni, friends of GSD, and past directors gathered for a reception prior to the performance of the German play Nathan der Weise on April 18, 2008.
Alumni Graduate StudentsHelena Karlsson (Ph.D., Germanic studies, '08), "Toward a Multiculturalism for the 21st Century: German and Scandinavian Literary Perspectives, 1990-2005," is assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota).
Val Pakis (Ph.D., Germanic studies, '08), "Studies in Early Germanic Biblical Literature: Medieval Rewritings, Medieval Receptions, and Modern Interpretations," is a lecturer in GSD.
Brechtje Beuker (Ph.D., German, '07), "Stage of Destruction: Performing Violence in Postdramatic Theater," is Franklin Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Jenny Creech (Ph.D., German, '06) is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester.
Mirko Hall (Ph.D., German, '06) is assistant professor and coordinator of German studies at Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.) since 2007, also teaching beginning modern standard Arabic.
Tim Malchow (Ph.D., German, '03) continues as assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures at Valparaiso University (Indiana) and has forthcoming publications on Günter Grass.
Evelyn Meyer (Ph.D., Germanic medieval studies, '03) was awarded a Mellon Summer Grant from Saint Louis University (Missouri) for research at the Munich Bayrische Staatsbibliothek.
Lorna Sopcak (Ph.D., German,'99) earned tenure and promotion at Ripon College (Wisconsin).
Sydney Norton (Ph.D., German, '98) is coauthor of the exhibition catalogue The Immediate Touch: German, Austrian, and Swiss Drawings from Saint Louis Collections 1946-2007, published by the St. Louis Art Museum (2008).
Rasma Lazda (Ph.D., German, '96) earned tenure and promotion at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Helga Thorson (Ph.D., German, '96) is associate professor at the University of Victoria (Canada).
Margrit Zinggeler (Ph.D., German, '93), associate professor of German, Eastern Michigan University, published Grimmatik: German Grammar through the Magic of the Brothers' Grimm Fairy Tales (2007).
Gary Baker (Ph.D., German, '89) was appointed the William G. Bowen Professor at Denison University (Granville, Ohio).
Linda Schulte-Sasse (Ph.D., German, '85) has been named the DeWitt Wallace Professor of German at Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.).
Kyle Vraa (B.A., Scandinavian languages, '94; M.A., German, '97), guitarist in the Twin Cities heavy metal band Metal Vengeance, released his first solo album, Ghost of Metal Past--Arisen (2007). Kyle lives in Circle Pines, Minnesota, with his wife, Renee, daughter, and son.
Alumni UndergraduatesJessica Mann (B.A., global studies, German, journalism, '08), who played Recha in this year's German play, Nathan The Wise, will continue to research and intern in Berlin, Germany while on a Fulbright grant.
Michael Fenton (B.A., German studies, '05) completed his M.A. thesis in international relations at the Free University Berlin.
Pete Schult (B.A., German, linguistics, '94) is starting a master's program in library science at Syracuse University.
Juanita Rice (B.A., German, '79) was honored with an Alumna of Notable Achievement award from the University of Minnesota in September 2008.
Patrick Scully (B.A., German, biology, '76) has begun the master's program in teaching English as a second language at the University of Minnesota. ///