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The View From Here Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Dear Friends of the Department, German language, literature and culture are in high demand at the University of Toronto, and our Department continues to be an important part of the University’s powerful humanities division, whose “enduring relevance” was recently highlighted in the President’s message. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the teaching of German at this distinguished institution. We invite you to join us in celebrating this special occasion through attendance at one of the many events we will be hosting. As in past years, our faculty and graduate students continue to excel in various capacities. They are awarded prestigious fellowships, such as the National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship (John Noyes) or the Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Student Fellowship in the Jackman Humanities Institute (Marlo Burks). They also win prestigious grants, such as CGS Doctoral (William Ohm) as well as SSHRC Insight and SSHRC Connection grants (Anna Shternshis, both). The Department continues to offer undergraduate students research opportunities, which are reaping new benefits: Tobias-René Wilczek, a fourth-year undergraduate major in German Studies and Philosophy, won a University of Toronto Excellence Award for his research. Under his leadership, the German Studies Student Union also won a FAS Dean’s Student Initiative Grant enabling them to launch the undergraduate journal, Zeitgeist. We are thrilled to welcome Hang-Sun Kim as Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, to our Department. While we had the pleasure of getting to know her in her role as Language Coordinator in a contractually limited position last year, this year we were able to offer her a permanent position. Learn more about her role on page 3. In addition, we celebrated important milestones in the careers of our colleagues: Christine Lehleiter was granted tenure and John Zilcosky was promoted to Full Professor. Due to the generous support of our alumni, emeriti and friends throughout the past year, we were able to provide our students with continuing opportunities to grow and excel. The continuing engagement of donors such as Ms. Bharati Mukherjee, profiled on page 5, is key in enabling us to create undergraduate and graduate scholarships and attract top students to our department. Please continue to keep financial and other forms of support in mind. I thank our readers for their interest in the Department and I hope everyone enjoys this latest newsletter issue. As always, we welcome your feedback, comments and ideas.

NEWSLETTER 2015/16 Rethinking the Undergrad Classroom Undergraduate Research Profile Our Growing Faculty German Theater Donor Profile Graduate Program Updates Graduate Research Profile Yiddish Program Events

Markus Stock Chair of Germanic Languages and Literatures Associate Professor of German & Medieval Studies

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures University of Toronto 50 St. Joseph Street, 3rd floor, Odette Hall Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4

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