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The German and Russian Studies Department offers BA and MA degrees in two cultures and languages of critical significance in the world today - German and Russian - and gives undergraduates the opportunity to study rich cultural traditions associated with several other languages of increasing importance in a global economy. We provide classes in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language and civilizations, Israeli culture, and the Arabic language. Our internationally recognized faculty pursues research in the wider arena of German and of Russian cultural studies, including literature, film, media studies, philosophy, and the history of science.
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|Olaf Schmidt raises a peace sign as he stands alongside the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate in the aftermath of the wall's symbolic fall on Nov. 11, 1989.
Etti Naveh-Benjamin was awarded a faculty award at the Mizzou Alumni Associaton's annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony! For more information click here. Congratulations Etti!
Professor Monika Fischer has accepted appointment as Associate Director of the Honors College this year and will divide her time between the Honors College, organizing and promoting MU Global Connect, the new undergraduate certificate in digital global studies and our department.
Professor Stefani Engelstein has won an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to spend the 2013-2014 year at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Center for Literary and Cultural Research) in Berlin, Germany. While there, she will be completing her book, Sibling Logic: Incest, Collective Identities, and the Subject.
Congratulations to Patrick Quinn for winning Jeopardy's Teachers Tournament! Patrick Quinn has both a BA and MA in German. He beat out fellow alum Justin Hoffstetter in the final round of the tournament. Justin has two BAs in English and History and took courses in German here at MU! Go Mizzou!
News from MU's Study Abroad group in Leipzig, Summer 2011!
Check out the insider's guide to the Leipzig cooperative Study Abroad program developed by MU students!
A growing number of graduates and majors in German and Russian were named to A&S Dean's List for Spring Semester 2011. The list is can be seen at http://coas.missouri.edu/, in the drop-down menu under "Current Students".
Etti Naveh-Benjamin was named one of five Kemper Award winners for 2011. Etti teaches courses in the Hebrew and Film Studies curriculi in the Department of German and Russian Studies.
Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Stefani Engelstein! Dr. Engelstein was recently elected to MLA's (Modern Language Association) executive committee for 18th- and early 19th-century German literature.
Olaf Schmidt recalls life before and after the Berlin Wall came down
(Columbia Missourian, Nov. 9, 2009)
-Andrew Scheperle was selected to participate in theCongress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. More information about the program is available at https://www.cbyx.info/. (more)
-We are pleased to announce that Sally French is this year's winner of the MU Stipendum for German Studies, a $500 scholarship co-sponsored by this department and the College of Arts and Science. (more)
-Congratulations to Kasandra Bienhoff, whose paper "The Existential Dilemma of Josef K.: A Literary Exemplification of Heidegger’s Being and Time" has been selected out of a large pool of submissions by Indiana University for its upcoming German Studies Undergraduate Conference on Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st.---Congratulations to Nicole Mramor, who won the 2012 SRAS Art Grant. This grant rewards those who show intellectual curiosity, goal-orientation, and a love of the Arts. She will be in Russia, writing for artinrussia.org about exhibits, galleries, performing arts and more!
-Congratulations to Greta Westerwald who was chosen as one of the University of Missouri's 2012 most outstanding TA's, and along with 15 others will attend the TA choice awards banquet Thursday, April 26th. ( more)
-Krysta Brown has been awarded a Fulbright Grant in the young American Journalist Program in Germany for the 2012-2013 academic year.(more)
-Congratulations to Kelly Walsh who has been awarded a DAAD summer steipend to study in Leipzig!(more)
-Up in Madison, WI Joey Vergara is making headlines for taking Russian Literature outside of the traditional classroom click here to read the story!
-Calley Bilgram, Ayla Kremen, Grace Spradling, and Alex Stojeba have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. (more)
German Newsletter (Spring 2010 issue) (pdf)
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