We begin this year’s notes from the faculty with Troy Byler. If you’ve read the preceding Letter from the Chair, you’ll know that Troy is moving on to an exciting new position as the new director of the Advance College Project.
Thanks to the Borns Jewish Studies Program for sharing this introduction of our new colleague, Irit Dekel:
Professor Even tells us about her busy and creative year engaging with colleagues, students:”Hier sind die Highlights meines Jahr:
Esther Ham reports in from the Dutch side of the corridor (and from her magical garden): “2019 was supposed to be an easy year, after a very busy 2018, but it has been busy anyway.
Günther Jikeli completed an MA in environmental sciences and a PhD in contemporary history at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin, Germany’s foremost institute for scholarship on antisemitism.
Ben Robinson introduced us to Teresa Kovacs in his “Letter from the Chair,” now let’s hear from her herself:
Nikole Langjahr writes a bit about her activities, a highpoint of which was the German Heritage Weekend which she organized in March 2019.
Our Norwegian colleagues have been busy as well, according to Gergana May: “The Norwegian program is thriving – classes are fully enrolled and the students are working industriously, gaining solid proficiency in the language and culture of the European North.
Bill Rasch asked me to include words from his letter to his students thanking them for attending and speaking at his retirement celebration in late October. Their presence was a tribute to his teaching; his words tell us why they came:
I was invited to give a lecture at a conference on trauma in Paris, in which both academics and psychoanalysts participated in December.