We begin with Prof. Michel Chaoli, who's taken advantage of the Covid-induced down time: What a gift it was to be released from busyness and have time again to read!
Irit Dekel joined the Department of Germanic Studies and the Jewish Studies Program in the Spring of 2020.
This year has been a race against time throughout. Covid-changes and an exponential increase in emails, promotion dossier, language program going online, the German Instructor Summer Program (GISP), publication deadlines, a new international SCENARIO research colloquium series.
Günther Jekeli asks and answers a question for the times: "What Do Legal Immigrant Professors Do in Summer During a Pandemic If They are Stuck in Bloomington? -- Bloomington is a great place. But it's also a small place.
Nikole Langjahr has been busier than ever: "Since the beginning of the academic year I have been serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Gergana May reports on the robust health of the Norwegian program: "The Norwegian Program transitioned successfully to full online instruction after Spring break.
Emeritus professor Breon Mitchell sends us an update and good wishes:
We are delighted to meet – or for some of us, be reunited with Christopher Sapp, new to the faculty this year but not new to IUB.
Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator Lane Sorensen sends news and greetings. We proud to pass along the news that he was recently named "2020 Rising Star Indiana German Teacher of the Year" by the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) based on his "brilliant and inspiring teaching."
I am happy to report that the Institute of German Studies has started a new lecture series entitled New Directions in German Studies that aims to bring us into a conversation with the most promising research in the field.