Anna Horakova receives two grants to conduct research


German Studies Visiting Assistant Professor Anna Horakova has received two grants to conduct research over the summer, one from Women in German (WiG) and one from the Max Kade Foundation. The research grant from WiG is to expand her published article on Christa Wolf into a more fully fledged book chapter with new archival research. The Max… Read More

Stephen Sheehi (Arabic Studies) receives the Arts & Sciences 2018 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Informed by a genuine pleasure in academic dialogue, Professor Sheehi’s teaching engages the nuances of identity and opens the door for his students to develop new and productive ways to think about the complex history of the Middle East. With great energy, intellectual playfulness, fresh ideas, and humor, he consistently leads civil discussions about highly… Read More

John Riofrio (Hispanic Studies) recognized with the Arts & Sciences 2018 Faculty Governance Award

Since joining the faculty in 2009, Professor Riofrio has contributed in vigorous and consequential ways to matters of governance before the faculty. His persistent voice for academic rigor, interdisciplinarity, and creative approaches helped to shape the new College Curriculum, followed by insightful service on various implementation working groups, culminating in his appointment as an inaugural… Read More

Maryse Fauvel (French and Francophone Studies) Retires

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Maryse Fauvel, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, retires this year after more than twenty years of teaching at W&M. During her tenure at W&M, Professor Fauvel published Exposer “l’autre”. Essai sur la Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration et le Musée du quai Branly (2014); Tâches d’encre, Maryse Fauvel, co-author, Heinle Cengage (2011); A vous de… Read More

Rebecca Lamb (French and Francophone Studies and International Studies, ’18) Receives the St. Onge Prize

The newest recipient of the prestigious St. Onge Prize in French and Fancophone Studies is Rebecca Lamb, a double-major in French and Francophone Studies and International Relations. The prize is awarded to outstanding students who are continuing their studies in graduate school. Rebecca has fond memories of her courses in French, particularly with Prof. Magali… Read More

Gabriella Carney (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, ’18) and the Russian Folk Tradition in Music

Before I started my undergraduate career at the College of William & Mary, I figure skated competitively.  Taking lessons from a couple of Russian Olympians and skating to the popular Russian folk song “Kalinka” were perhaps the two main factors that launched my interest in studying Russian.  Little did I know that I would decide… Read More

Senior Profile: Laura Ferraro (Japanese Studies and English, ’18)


As a student, Ms. Ferraro has had the opportunity to participate in many different programs related to Japan. She worked as a peer assistant in the Keio-WM Cross Cultural Collaboration helping Japanese students do comparative research on US and Japanese culture, and subsequently studied abroad at Keio University. At William & Mary, She lived in… Read More

Senior Profile: Mackenzie Neal (Government, East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, ’18)


Mackenzie Neal began studying Japanese in high school and has continued to explore the Japanese language and culture during her time at the College. A Government major with a minor in East Asian Studies, her research interests include Japanese soft-power politics and Asia/Pacific security architecture. She has served as a TA for the Japanese Language… Read More

Senior Profile: Yunyi Zhu (Japanese Studies, 18)


The study of Japanese is the skill set that Yunyi Zhu pursued during his four years at the College of William and Mary, thanks to the enthusiasm of Japanese Study program professors. He especially benefited by studying abroad at Keio University and counts that experience as one of the best memories of his life. In… Read More

Daniel Birriel (Japanese Studies and AMES, ’18) Explores Japanese Video Culture


Daniel Birriel is very interested in Japanese language and culture, and someday hopes to work for Nintendo localizing video games. These interests led him to focus his AMES Capstone Paper on how localization affects intercultural exchange and the response Japanese video game companies should take regarding this exchange. Understanding localization requires an understanding of how… Read More

Japanese Studies Program Awards Kinyo Prizes

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The Japanese Studies Program is proud to announce the recipients of Kinyo Awards for Excellence in Japanese language study for 2017 – 2018 academic year. The prize recognizes the hard work and achievement of the top student at each level of William and Mary’s Japanese language program. The awards are made possible through the generous… Read More

Senior Profile: John Hoskins (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, ’18)


I first became interested in Russian Studies after eating at an Eastern European restaurant the summer after I graduated from high school. The food was so unlike anything that I had ever tried before, and the atmosphere was so unique and fresh that I wanted to learn more. I did some reading about Russia, Russian,… Read More

Arianna Afsari (Russian Studies, ’18) Receives CLS Scholarship to Study in Vladimir, Russia


Arianna Afsari has received the Critical Language Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to study Russian. Arianna will participate in an intensive eight-week Russian language program in Vladimir, Russia this summer. Поздравляем!!! “I am so honored to receive this incredible opportunity to partake in Russian immersion this summer!,” Arianna said. “I encourage all… Read More

Bailey Orr (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and English, ’18) accepted to PhD Program in Slavic Studies at Indiana

Over the past four years, much of my academic and extracurricular life on campus has revolved around Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. I have participated in student-led groups, such as the Russian and English language newspaper Gazeta and the Russian Music Ensemble. I lived in the Russian language house for two years. This year, I also… Read More

Rachel Dubit (Classical Studies and Italian Studies Minor, ’18) Defends Honors Thesis and Starts Graduate Studies at Stanford

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Rachel Dubit graduates in Spring 2018 with a major in Classical Studies (Latin) and a minor in Italian Studies. During her time at William & Mary, she has studied abroad in Italy twice and in Greece. In addition to Latin and Ancient Greek, she continues to study Italian literature and German language and will participate… Read More

Senior Profile: Bailey Orr (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and English, ’18)


Over the past four years, much of my academic and extracurricular life on campus has revolved around Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. I have participated in student-led groups, such as the Russian and English language newspaper Gazeta and the Russian Music Ensemble. I lived in the Russian language house for two years. This year, I also… Read More

Senior Profile: Zachary Rubin (Chinese Studies, ’18)


I began studying Chinese in the summer of 2011. Now, seven years later, it seems almost natural that I would major in it, but this has been a wonderful journey. I’m grateful to everyone in the Chinese department, both the professors and the students, for making the last four years so memorable. I still remember… Read More

Senior Profile: Reid Fennerty (Chinese Studies, ’18)


When I entered William & Mary as a Freshman in the Fall of 2014, I knew that I wanted to study a subject that would allow me learn more about and connect with people and cultures around the world. After some exploring, it became clear that Chinese was the obvious fit. As a Sophomore, I… Read More

Senior Profile: Rebecca Lamb (International Relations and French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


I am so thankful for the opportunities the French department at William & Mary has given me over the past four years.  I’ve had great professors and met some of my closest friends in this department.  When I was a freshman, I remember taking the French freshman seminar with Professor Magali Compan—and how incredibly intimidated… Read More

Senior Profile: Pedro Ramos (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


I am very happy with my decision to double major in Hispanic Studies and History. After taking Advanced Grammar and Composition with Professor Jorge Terukina Fall of my Freshman year, I decided I wanted to major in Hispanic Studies. The small class size and professor support that I encountered from my first class in the… Read More

Senior Profile: Nicole Cook (Chinese Studies and International Relations, ’18)

My name is Nicole Cook and I am graduating with a double major in International Relations and Chinese Studies. I feel beyond blessed to have been a part of the Chinese Department all four years! I truly love the challenge of mastering a second language so different from English. I entered William & Mary never… Read More

Senior Profile: Natalie Revers (Chinese Studies, ’18)


I cannot imagine my college experience without the Chinese Studies program. I was nervous to transition from a high school to college level language program, but my Chinese 202 teacher worked hard to bring me up to speed with my older classmates and made me feel comfortable in a challenging learning environment. She was the… Read More

Senior Profile: Monica Thompson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


The past four years in the French department at William & Mary have given me countless memories and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. The French classes I’ve taken here have covered a diverse range of subjects- from art history, to Francophone North America, to the portrayal of monsters in 18th century literature- which… Read More

Senior Profile: Monica Quellet (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


I have had an amazing experience as a French and Francophone Studies major at William & Mary. Coming from a French Canadian background, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I took my first French class. After four years taking classes in the French Department, I can absolutely say that I’ve learned so much. I’ve… Read More

Senior Profile: Margaret Collins (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


I began my French major simply intending to retain some of the language I had learned in high school. However, I have learned so much during my four years of taking French here at William and Mary beyond simply becoming more fluent in the language. From Art and Culture classes, to the history of Versailles,… Read More

Senior Profile: Liam Kierans (Chinese Studies, ’18)


The Chinese Department at William & Mary was instrumental in my progress from high school to what lies beyond. I have taken Chinese every semester but one here, beginning with 301 and ending with 404. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to major or minor in Chinese, but Tang Laoshi gave me the… Read More

Senior Profile: Lea Ellery (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


Over the past four years, my French courses have pushed me to think from different perspectives and express myself in new ways. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to study and research in France twice through the French department. These experiences helped me to hone my language and interpersonal skills in and out… Read More

Senior Profile: Lawrence Thurber (Hispanic Studies and Finance, ’18)


My name is Lawrence Thurber and I am a double major in Hispanic Studies and Finance. I really enjoyed my academic track and experience at William and Mary because I was able to combine business with intercultural communication thanks to the Hispanic Studies department to create my own international business degree. Through the Hispanic Studies… Read More

Senior Profile: Kelley Doyle (Hispanic Studies and Religious Studies, ’18)


Hola a todxs! My name is Kelley Doyle and I am a Hispanic Studies and Religious Studies double major. Coming into college, I knew I wanted to continue Spanish, having begun studying the language in middle school. My first semester, I jumped right in and took a Freshman Seminar with Professor Cate-Arries called “Imaginando Madrid:… Read More

Senior Profiles: Katherine Scott (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


I knew I’d found my home at the College on the first day of my freshman year in Professor Magali Compan’s French 151 seminar. I loved the chance to connect with other francophiles and to have challenging, enriching discussions together. Through the Francophone lens, I loved learning about art, history, culture, linguistics, poetry, and so… Read More

Senior Profile: Kate Qiu (Chinese Studies, ’18)


I went into my Freshman year totally unsure of what I wanted to pursue. I have always been interested in my Chinese heritage, which led me take A Brand New China as my freshman seminar and enroll in the Heritage Speakers course. Every semester, I found myself wanting to make space to take more and… Read More

Senior Profile: Josh Greenfield (Interdisciplinary Studies [Linguistics] and Russian Studies, ’18)


In my few years here, I’ve been as active a participant in three separate departments within Modern Languages, and would have gladly done more if it was possible to cram so much into such a short period of time. My absolute favorite thing about each of these departments are the professors that are so glad… Read More

Senior Profile: Jesse Tanson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


Throughout my time with the French department, I have learned a great deal about not only French culture but the cultures of other francophone countries as well. I appreciate the relationships I developed with my professors and the opportunities they gave me to pursue a variety of interests in the context of French such as… Read More

Senior Profile: Jay Quimby (Chinese Studies, ’18)


My interest in Chinese language and culture began when I lived in Hong Kong and Beijing for middle school and high school.  During my time at William and Mary as a double major in Chinese and Government, I was able to further expand my knowledge of China while thinking about how to aid US-China relations in… Read More

Senior Profile: Jasmine Curry (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


One of the most meaningful experiences that I’ve had with the French and Francophone Studies Program has been my junior year study abroad in Montpellier. I would have never studied abroad in Montpellier and met all the incredible people I did if not for the program. I’m so grateful to all the powerful women within… Read More

Senior Profile: Jack Lynch (Chinese Studies, ’18)


I’ve been interested in Chinese ever since I lived in Beijing as a kid. It’s been interesting learning more about the language and culture these last four years. I spent my junior year studying abroad at Tsinghua, where I improved my language skills and traveled around the country. After graduation, I’m moving to Seattle to work… Read More

Senior Profile: Hannah Gourdie (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


Through the French and Francophone Studies program, I’ve learned invaluable communication skills and deepened my knowledge of cultures abroad. Through my courses and with the support of fantastic professors and classmates, I’ve engaged with texts, art, and film from around the world, which has enriched and diversified my education. My mentors in the department challenged… Read More

Senior Profile: Genevieve Hammersley (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


The Hispanic Studies department was fundamental to my time at William & Mary. I was fortunate enough to balance humanities and business, being a Finance and Hispanic Studies double major. My background in Spanish goes all the way back to elementary school, where I was in an immersion program. Fast forward to college, and I… Read More

Senior Profile: Gabriella Carney (Russian Studies, ’18)


Before I started my undergraduate career at the College of William & Mary, I figure skated competitively.  Taking lessons from a couple of Russian Olympians and skating to the popular Russian folk song “Kalinka” were perhaps the two main factors that launched my interest in studying Russian.  Little did I know that I would decide… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Williams (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)


My years here at William & Mary have been beyond invaluable in how they’ve changed my outlook on life and desire to affect change in the world. Between the IFE Program in Brussels, and Professor Kulick’s very practical and informative TESOL classes, I’ve learned quite a bit on the difficulties of navigating different languages and… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Cuello (French and Francophone Studies, 18)


I had an incredible experience with the French program. I originally intended to take a few classes for fun, but after taking just one class, I wanted to keep taking classes. I learned how to critically think about literature, art, film and music. Professors in the French department provided me with a deeper understanding of… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Abbey (Hispanic Studies & Public Policy, ’18)


When I came to college, I originally planned to minor in Hispanic Studies as a casual way to keep up with the Spanish I studied in high school. However, after earning so many credits through the Cádiz summer program in 2015, I decided to pursue the Hispanic Studies major alongside Public Policy, and I am… Read More

Senior Profile: Elizabeth Dannenfelser (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


The Hispanic Studies department gave me the unique opportunity to spend an extended time in Argentina, fostering a passion for music and human rights issues, as well as the connections between the two.  I was able to meet some incredible, motivated people who have a hunger for life, learning, and justice. My hope is to… Read More

Senior Profile: Eleanor Morrison (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


My name is Eleanor Morrison and I am truly indebted to the Hispanic Studies faculty at William and Mary. I began to take Spanish classes in elementary school, but I did not fully develop an interest in the language until college. My courses at William and Mary taught me that the Spanish language is much… Read More

Senior Profile: Diana Weyandt (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


Although saying goodbye to the Hispanic Studies program is bittersweet, I am so grateful and happy to have been a part of it for the past few years! Despite my naive freshman intentions to only take a couple of Spanish-related classes during college, I just couldn’t stay away. The incredible faculty members have pushed me… Read More

Senior Profile: Claire Flynn (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


Coming into college, I knew I wanted to continue taking Spanish to keep up my language skills, but didn’t expect to become a Hispanic Studies major.  This changed from the very first class I enrolled in, a Freshman Seminar with Professor Cate-Arries. I saw that a major in Hispanic Studies would do much more than… Read More

Senior Profile: Becky Ahrens (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


When I started at William & Mary, the only thing I thought I was going to do was study English. But during the spring of my freshman year, I took a Spanish conversation course, and it launched me into the world of Hispanic Studies full-time. My experience in Hispanic Studies is inextricably linked with the… Read More

Senior Profile: Bailey Ellicot (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


I struggle to find the words in either English or Spanish to accurately describe my gratitude and relief that I chose a Hispanic Studies major. I transferred to William & Mary my junior year and was immediately introduced to an entirely different approach to learning Spanish; I was also immersed in social justice, art, history,… Read More

Senior Profile: Annie Oelberg (Hispanic Studies, minor in Marketing, ’18)


When I came to William & Mary as a freshman I had originally planned on minoring in Hispanic Studies. After taking a couple of Hispanic Studies courses that year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Cádiz, Spain. Guided by Professor Cate-Arries, I had the most amazing experience while abroad, and now regard Cádiz… Read More

Senior Profile: Anna Chahuneau (Chinese Studies and Biology, ’18)


Arriving as a freshman at the College of William and Mary, I decided I wanted to challenge myself. My first idea to do so was to learn a new language, and Chinese felt like the evident answer. The highlight of my time as a Chinese Studies major is, without a doubt, the opportunity I was… Read More

Senior Profile: Alyssa DeRaymond (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


Before coming to William and Mary, Spanish had always been one of my least favorite subjects, and I could not wait to be done with language requirements forever upon graduating from high school. However, I hadn’t taken enough Spanish classes to meet the GER language requirement at W&M, so I chose to “get it over… Read More

Senior profile: Alexandra Wingate (Hispanic Studies, ’18)


I knew as soon as I entered William and Mary that I wanted to major in Hispanic Studies, but I couldn’t have imagined how much the past four years of being a student in the Hispanic Studies department would mean to me. Since my first day at William and Mary, the classes and the professors… Read More

Senior Profile: Alex Bate (Chinese Studies, ’18)


I began studying Chinese in high school, and William & Mary’s program served as a perfect continuation for my study of Chinese language and culture. With the help of W&M faculty, who recommended me to the program, I was able to study abroad in Beijing during Fall 2016 through Middlebury Schools Abroad. Both language and… Read More

Nicole Cook (International Relations and Chinese, ’18) receives Boren Scholarship


Nicole Cook is graduating with a double major in International Relations and Chinese Studies. About her undergraduate experience in the Chinese Studies Program at W&M and herplans for the future, Nicole states: “I feel beyond blessed to have been a part of the Chinese Studies Program all four years! I truly love the challenge of… Read More

Japanese Honor Society Inductees for 2018

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MLL and the Japanese studies program are proud to announce inductees into the Japanese National Honor Society for 2017 – 2018 academic year.  Among this year’s graduating class, three students have met the Society’s demanding criteria: completion of five semesters of Japanese language study (or their equivalent), all taken for a grade (rather than audited or pass-fail); a grade-point… Read More

Natalie Walter (German Studies and Art History, ’18) awarded Fulbright to Berlin


I took German for the first time my freshman year and had the opportunity to study abroad twice. My experience at the University of Potsdam, led by our own German Studies program, showed me both the challenges and the opportunities of language learning. I met some of my best friends, both from William and Mary… Read More

Senior Profile: Anna Shackelford (German Studies and Anthropology, ’18)


My time in the German Studies Program at W&M has contained some of my favorite experiences of my college career, including learning from some of the finest professors and meeting some of the coolest people. As a freshman, I decided to begin taking German courses even though I had already fulfilled my language requirement. Little… Read More

Senior Profile: Will Kelly (German Studies, ’18)


As a major in German Studies at William & Mary, I had the opportunity to spend a year abroad through the exchange program we have with the University of Münster. I would not trade my time in Münster for anything; it brought me friendships with people from around the world, I got to immerse myself… Read More

Michelle Hermes (German Studies and Government, ’18) Defends Honors Thesis and Receives the Austrian Fulbright ETA 2018-2019


Michelle Hermes is graduating as a Government and German Studies double major at the College, and hascompleted an honors thesis in the Government department. Through William & Mary’s German Studies Program, she has worked as a teaching assistant and a grading assistant for the department at the German 101-202 level. Through these experiences, she had the… Read More

Senior Profile: Cierra Filla (German Studies and European Studies, ’18)


During my time at William and Mary I had the opportunity to study abroad with the German Studies Program at the Universität Potsdam in Potsdam, Germany in the Summer of 2016. While taking nine German credits I was able to immerse myself in German culture and further my German language skills in a natural environment…. Read More

Senior Profile: Jack Dokken (German Studies, ’18)


I came to W&M having never taken German before and am leaving it a German Studies major. The German Studies Program at W&M instilled in me a love for the German language that ultimately led me to study abroad twice for a total of 6-7 months and even that was not enough. I participated in… Read More

Professor Jonathan Arries (Hispanic Studies) Retires after 23 Years of Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching

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Jonathan Arries has been an inspiration to everyone in MLL and the W&M community. He has been called a “pedagogical frontiersman” and described as “restless, adventurous, unafraid to take risks and enthusiastic about charting new curricular paths.” His energy and vision have, in fact, transformed our community. He is retiring after 23 years of research,… Read More

W&M Chinese Students Participate in the 17th Chinese Bridge Speech Contest

Three W&M students from the Chinese Program went to Boston to participate in the 17th Chinese Bridge Speech contest (East USA Preliminary) last Saturday at U Mass Boston. We achieved a great success! Michael Briggs (白杨)won the 2nd place and Grace Klopp (格蕾丝)won the 3rd place in the Beginners Group. Emily Pearson-Beck(李美丽) won the 2nd… Read More

Stephen Sheehi receives 2018 Plumeri Award


Stephen Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received the 2018 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, celebrating exemplary achievements of William & Mary faculty in teaching, research, and service. Prof. Sheehi’s work meets at the intersection of cultural, visual,… Read More

Gabrielle Hibbert (German Studies, RPSS, Honors, ’17) at The Library of Congress

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Gabrielle Hibbert (German Studies, Honors, ’17) has just accepted a position as a researcher/intern at the Library of Congress’ European Division (mainly working within the Russian, German, and Rare Books Sections). She will be working at LoC for the duration of my gap year. The director liked her honors thesis so much so that she… Read More

Thomas Bettge (’14) Scores Law Position with Houston Firm


Thomas Bettge (German Studies, ’14) checked in with us. Here is what he reported: I matriculated at Penn State’s Dickinson Law School in 2014. My background in German Studies enabled me to secure work the following summer with one of my professors, who was completing a dissertation comparing the horizontal dimension of constitutional rights in… Read More

Fulbright Applications for 2018-2019 Due September 6

Application for Fulbright Research Fellowships or Fulbright Teaching Assistantships are due September 6! If you are thinking of applying, please go to, or speak with Prof. Jenny Taylor.

James E. Young speaks on “The Stages of Memory” and teaches MAUS

James Young

Author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust: Narrative and the Consequences of Interpretation (1988), The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning (1993), and At Memory’s Edge:  Afterimages of the Holocaust in Art and Architecture (2002), James E. Young is the one of the preeminent scholars of Holocaust and Memory Studies in the world. His… Read More

Helmut Puff (U Michigan) gives talk and conducts workshop in German Studies

Helmut Puff

Helmut Puff, Professor of German, History, Women’s Studies, and affiliate in the History of Art and in the Program in History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, is one of the  most innovative voices in German Studies, Early Modern History, Gender and Queer Studies, the History of Sexualities, and Media Studies today. His work… Read More

Jacqui Sorg (German Studies and Linguistics, ’16) receives Max Kade Fellowship at IU


  Jacqui Sorg (German Studies and Linguistics, ’16) has received  full support in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships in the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University for the Fall. She is the recipient of the prestigious Max Kade Fellowship her first year, after which she will receive full TA support and a… Read More

German Studies hosts Michael Saman talk on Goethe’s Faust and W.E.B. Du Bois


German Studies, with the generous support of American Studies, Africana Studies, English and European Studies hosted independent scholar Michael Saman, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and has taught at William and Mary, Brown, Princeton, UCLA and, most recently, The College of the Holy Cross. He is well-known for his expertise on Goethe and Goethezeit,… Read More

Congratulations German Studies Graduates of 2015!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015! From the left, Lisa Laird (German Studies and European Studies), Mike Crumplar, Helene Melke, and Tyler Bembenek (German Studies and IR).

German House Tutor Kim Mutmann

  German House Tutor Kim Mutmann joins the German Studies Program this year from the Wilhelms-Westfaelische Universitaet Muenster, where she received her M.A. in “National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, and Language,” with a focus on Post-Colonial Culture and Politics. She completed her master’s thesis on South African Poetry: “Xenophobia under the Rainbow – Migrants… Read More

Dr. Veronika Jeltsch joins the German Studies Faculty

Veronika Jeltsch

  The German Studies Program welcomes Dr. Veronika Jeltsch to the program this year. Veronika received her M.A. from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University with a dissertation on “Silence, Speechlessness, and Body Language in Fontane’s Effi Briest, Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else and Wedekind’s Lulu.” Her primary research interest is Fin-de-Siecle literature in Germany and Austria, specifically representations… Read More

Elizabeth A. Laird

Lisa Laird

The German Studies program each year awards the German Book Prize to that student who best exemplifies the rigor, passion, and sustained engagement with the discipline during her four years at Willam and Mary. Our winner this year not only took Rob Leventhal’s German 310 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics course her very first semester at… Read More

Tyler Bembenek (German Studies and IR, 2015)


Tyler B. Bembenek is the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence in German Studies. Tyler’s outstanding accomplishments in German Studies and IR  are known campus-wide. He has an astonishing 3.95 overall GPA for his four years at W&M. He studied at Middlebury College Summer German Academy, is the recipient of the Prestigious Robert Gates… Read More

Lisa Laird (ES and German Studies, ’15) awarded both Fulbright and Austrian ETA

Lisa Laird

  Lisa Laird (European Studies and German Studies, ’15) has been awarded both the Fulbright ETA in Germany and the Austrian ETA (administered by the Fulbright Commission) for the 2015-2016 academic year! Lisa is no stranger to living, studying and traveling Europe. A passionate member of the fencing team, Lisa has studied in Wales and… Read More

Spring-Break Study-Research Trip in Judaic and German Studies

The Menora Ring, Augusta Raurica, 4th century CE

Rob Leventhal, Associate Professor of German Studies, March 5-15, 2015 Jewish Cultural and Social Pathways in the Upper Rhine Valley We were slated to leave Thursday, March 5th, from RIC on a study-research spring-break trip, sponsored by the Meyers Stern Endowment in Judaic Studies that would take us to the Upper Rhine Valley from Basel,… Read More

All-Day Jewish University connects W&M to Community

      The Judaic Studies Program at W&M sponsored an all-day “Jewish University” Sunday, December 7th to a sold-out crowd at the Sadler Center. Four lectures by W&M faculty presented various aspects of Judaic history, lives, and media from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible to the Nazi Genocide and Jews in American Cinema in… Read More

Professor Berel Lang speaks on “Primo Levi as Writer and Thinker”


Berel Lang, Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Letters at Wesleyan University, is one of the foremost scholars on the representation of the Nazi Genocide of the     European Jews in the world. His books include: Faces and Other Ironies of Writing and Reading (1983); Writing and the Holocaust (1989); Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide (1990); The Anatomy of… Read More

Professor Stephen Brockmann visits William and Mary


  Professor Stephen Brockmann, one of the world’s leading scholars on German Literature, Culture, and Film, Professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University, gave two talks at W&M in September:  “German Culture, Globalization, and Transnationalism” (in English) and  “DDR-Film und der Zweite Weltkrieg“ (in German). Brockmann is the author of A Critical History of German… Read More

German Studies: The Language of Film is Universal? – Teaching Language through Film


Is there such a thing as a universal language of film? The students in German 206 “Intermediate Composition and Conversation, team-taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Jennifer Gülly and German House Tutor Carolin Wattenberg, ” were about to find out: thirteen movies covering almost 100 years of German and Austrian film history. Thirteen movies, that’s thirteen… Read More

Sierra Barnes awarded Austrian Government ETA for 2014-2015


Sierra Barnes (German Studies and History ’14) has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship by the Austrian Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs and Austrian-American Educational Commission (AAEC), sponsored and administered by the Fulbright Commission, for the academic year 2014-2015. This award includes travel expenses and a substantial monthly stipend to teach at two schools… Read More

Terrence Mack (German Studies and IR, ’15) receives Robert Gates Scholarship


German Studies and IR student Terrence Mack has received the prestigious Robert Gates Scholarship for Summer Study from the College. Terrence will spend the summer studying German language, literature, and culture at the Universitaet Potsdam. Upon hearing the news, Terrence said this: “The Robert Gates Scholarship news was amazing. When I applied for it and… Read More

Sierra Barnes (’14) receives Scholarship for Helix Project


Sierra Barnes (German Studies and History, ’14) has been accepted to the Helix Project Yiddishkayt for the Summer of 2014. This four-week intensive program begins in July with an intensive course of cultural and language education in L.A. Then Helixers spend two weeks exploring the heart of Jewish Europe, learning and discussing with two leading… Read More

Video Interview: German Studies Welcomes Prof. Jennifer Gully

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New German Studies faculty member Jennifer Gully talks with Mike Blum about her research and teaching. Jennifer received her M.A. at the University of Vienna and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her research focuses on translation as a conflicted and often antagonistic process in literature and film. The “clash of languages” has become… Read More

Tyler Bembenek (International Relations and German Studies, ’15) receives first Gates Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

German Studies and International Relations major Tyler Bembenek (’15) has been awarded the first Gates Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad. The scholarship, made possible by William and Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates (’65) and his wife Rebecca, is a merit-based award that enables outstanding W&M students to pursue their field of study during the summer…. Read More

Dr. Jennifer Gully to join German Studies in Fall

Jennifer Gülly received her Magistra from the University of Vienna, Austria, and her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. She has previously held positions at Pomona College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of South Florida before coming to William and Mary. Her research lies at the intersection of language policy, translation theory, and literary… Read More

Three Fulbright ETAs in German Studies for 2013-2014

German Studies students have once again received a record number of Fulbright ETAs for the academic year 2013-2014. Emma Paynter and Judd Peverall have both received Fulbrights to Germany, and Brandon De Graaf has received an Austrian Fulbright ETA. Brandon will be at the Bundesgymnasium Tanzenberg in Maria Saal in Kärnten. Congratulations all!

Lecture: “Young people in Germany and Experiences of Discrimination and Racism,” Wednesday April 10, 3:30, Andrews 101


The Sociology Department, German Studies, and Charles Center are pleased to sponsor a lecture by Prof. Rudi Leiprecht, who is a professor of Diversity Education at the Universitaet Oldenbourg in Germany. Currently, he is Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Professor Leiprecht will present a lecture entitled “Young People in… Read More

Judd Peverall (German Studies and Philosophy, ’13) and Brandon De Graaf (German Studies and History, ’13) have received Fulbright ETAs

Judd Peverall (German Studies and Philosophy, ’13) and Brandon De Graaf (German Studies and History, ’13) have all received Fulbright and Austrian English Teaching Assistantships respectively for 2013-2014. Both will be placed in a >Gymnasien where they will serve as teaching assistants in the English programs of the schools and assist in curricular and non-curricular… Read More

Ariana Berger stays on in Frankfurt


Ariana Berger (Business and German Studies ’11) has finished her internship in the Corporate Ratings department of Standard & Poor’s in Frankfurt, and will be working with S&P Capital IQ as an Account Manager. The position in fixed-term for one year with a relatively good chance for her to stay on afterwards. Ariana writes: “I… Read More

Evan French (’13) receives DAAD RISE Paid Internship in Hamburg


Senior Evan French, currently in Professor Leventhal’s GRMN 202 class, is headed to Hamburg. Evan scored a DAAD RISE paid internship with a software engenieering firm for six months beginning in June 2013. Congratulations, Evan!

German Studies: Lauren Shaw (’09) accepted to UCL


Next fall Lauren Shaw (German Studies, ’09) will be starting a master’s program in global migration at University College London. The program looks at the social, economic and political causes and implications of human migration, while seeking to better understand the lived experiences of local and international migrant communities. Courses are drawn from a number… Read More

German Studies: Oktoberfest 2012 at the German House


Former German Studies students Mark Riggleman and Sam Thacker at this year’s Oktoberfest on the Wies’n in Munich, Germany   Fall is the time of harvest, gathering together to celebrate the fruits of the earth, and for the German Studies section at W&M, the moment for Oktoberfest. Each year the German Studies Section of the… Read More

German: The Spirit of Giving: The J. Richard Guthrie Scholarship in German Studies

Elaine Vega (’13) and Anna Kim (’13) on their way from Potsdam to Berlin, Germany, both recipients of Guthrie scholarships for German Studies Research Abroad during the summer of 2011

J. Richard Guthrie believed strongly in the undergraduate study of German language, literature, and culture. As part of his estate, he endowed a scholarship fund to assist undergraduates to carry out semester or summer research in German Studies. Because of this generous endowment from his estate, the German Studies Section at W&M is able to… Read More

Claire Lehnen (’07) becomes German teacher at German School in Ann Arbor

Claire Lehnen (German Studies and International Relations, ’07), Graduate Student at the University of Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has assumed the position of German teacher at the German School of Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating, Claire spent two years in the Peace Corps in China, where she developed innovative foreign… Read More

Peter Lecce (’12) receives Internship at U.S. Consulate in Munich


Peter Lecce (’12), Economics and International Studies Major with strong training and interests in German Studies, will be interning in the spring at the U.S. Consulate in Munich, where he will be working in the political/economic section. Peter took part in the W&M Potsdam Summer Study Abroad Program in 2010. Peter also recently found out… Read More

Sarah Salino (Independent Major, German Studies Minor ’12) awarded Fulbright in Germany


Sarah Salino, who designed her own major at the College and will graduate with Honors Sunday, May 13, has been awarded a Fulbright in Germany for the academic year 2012-2013. Although she has not yet been placed yet, Sarah will be teaching at a Gymnasium, working with students and other teachers and providing curricular support… Read More

Grace Brennan (German Studies and Psychology, ’12) receives Fulbright to Berlin


German Studies and Psychology Major Grace Brennan (’12) has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Berlin for the academic year 2012-2013. Brennan is one of two Fulbrights to Germany this year. Grace is also being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on Friday, May 11, as a result of her stunning academic achievements at the College… Read More

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