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What's New in the German Studies Department

March 30, 2017


Greetings from the second floor of Lyons Hall, where German Studies can look back on another successful and exciting year! I hope you enjoy a review of some of the highlights from our department: 

  • In 2016 our five new Fulbright Fellows brought the total number of winners over the years to 120. Two additional students were awarded U.S. Teaching Assistantships in Austria, and yet another 2016 graduate won a CBYX Grant. We're enormously proud of all of them!
  • Assistant Professor Daniel Bowles was awarded the prestigious Kurt and Helen Wolff Prize for Literary Translation in recognition of his English translation of Christian Kracht's novel Imperium (Macmillan, 2015). 
  • Associate Professor Rachel Freudenburg is on sabbatical leave this entire academic year, working on her next documentary film, a treatment of two Boston-area Holocaust survivors. 

In other news, Rachel's absence means that we were able to welcome Visiting Assistant Professor Nicholas Block, who has taken over her responsibilities for 2016–17. I returned to campus in September after spending the past spring semester working on my next book, a philological treatment of a medieval Arthurian romance.

Our part-time instructors continue to contribute mightily to our department's mission. A new German language course, German for Heritage Speakers, taught by Geraldine Grimm, has been added to our course offerings. Ruth Sondermann accompanied her Business German students on two field trips in the Boston area. Finally, Ursula Mangoubi has assumed the task of mentoring CBYX applicants.

We would greatly enjoy hearing from you or seeing you in person next time you're on campus or in the Boston area. 

For now, herzliche Grüße und alles Gute für 2017, which is certain to be—what shall I say?—the dawn of an interesting era for our country and for the world!


Michael Resler
Chair, German Studies Department