People in the German Studies Program
Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of German
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Susan Babilon received her PhD from The City University of New York in 1999. She also studied at the Ludwig Maximillians Universität in Munich while on a DAAD research and study grant during the 1996-1997 year. Her dissertation is a study of the development of the sound poetry of Hugo Ball, especially of the influences by the Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky, the Italian Futurist Filippo Marinetti and the Russian Zaum poets Alexei Kruchenyek and Velimir Khlebnikov. Her academic interests are second-language acquisition as well as literature of the 20th and late 19th centuries. She is particularly interested in convergences of literature and the visual arts. She has taught courses on Dada, German literature, Nature & Environmentalism in German Culture, and also regularly teaches 1st- and 3rd-year German.
Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies
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Professor Crockett teaches courses on European visual culture since the Late Middle Ages. He has published on German modernism, including: German Post-Expressionism: The Art of the Great Disorder 1918-1924 (Penn State Press, 1999). He received his PhD from the City University of New York in 1993, MA from Queens College in 1985, and BA from University of South Florida in 1983.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
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Professor Davis received his BA from the University of California - Santa Cruz and his PhD from Vanderbilt University. He is especially interested in the genealogy of radical thoughtlessness and the sources for nonviolence. Additional areas of interest include: Socrates and Greek tragedy, Jesus' Galilean ministry, Shakespeare, and American Romanticism from Emerson
Assitant Professor of Philosophy
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Professor Patrick Frierson is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy, specializing in (among other things) 18th and 19th century German philosophy. He did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and physics at Williams College, where he foolishly took a mere three semesters of German. In graduate school in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, he realized the error of his ways and made up some ground by going to a Goethe Institute in Schwäbish Gmünd and then taking an independent study reading several writings of Gottlob Fichte in German. In the end, he managed to scrape through, writing a dissertation on Friedrich Schleiermacher's critique of Immanuel Kant's anthropology that made extensive use of the then recently published (in German) Kants Vorlesungen über Anthropologie. Prof. Frierson received two Perry grants to work with German majors translating Kant's Bemerkungen zu den Beobachtungen über das Gefühl des Schönen und Erhabenen which has recently resulted in a volume entitled "Kant: Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings" published by Cambridge University Press. More recently, he received a Perry to work with two other students translating Herder's notes from Kant's lectures on ethics. In addition to this translation project, Prof. Frierson is currently working on several articles and a book on Kant. Courses of interest to German majors include "Kant and the 19th Century" (Phil 304), "Kant's Moral Philosophy," "Kant's Critique of Pure Reason." and "Hegel's Moral and Political Philosophy." More information about Professor Frierson is available on his personal Web site.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Julia Ireland is the co-translator of Heidegger's 1942 lecture course, "Hölderlin's Hymn 'The Ister.'" Most recently, she co-translated Heidegger's lecture courses "Hölderlin's poems 'Der Rhein' and 'Germania.' She is also completing a book called "To Become German: Heidegger's Hölderlin."
Associate Professor of History
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Professor Sharp received her PhD from the University of California, Irvine in 1996. Her courses cover Europe from 1789 to the present, including France, Germany, and Russia. She has published a book on Secular Spirituality: Reincarnation and Spiritism in Nineteenth-Century France (Lexington, 2006) and is currently researching the modernization of dairy production at the turn of the twentieth century (yes, cheese!). She is currently teaching "The Balkans since 1945" and developing a course on socialism that will compare German, French, and Russian socialism from Moses Hess to Gerhard Schroeder. Courses of special interest to German majors include "Imagining a Nation: Modern Germany," and both Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Europe, which include examination of the development of Germany as a key power in modern Europe.
Professor of Religion
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Professor Wyman's work in the Academic Study of Religion centers on Christian Theology; he is especially interested in German Protestant theology in the 19th and 20th centuries. Wyman has written on Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), Adolf von Harnack (1850-1930), and Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923). He does most of his research in German language materials, and attends conferences in Germany whenever he is able.
Two of his courses in particular reflect his interests in German theology, and would be relevant for German Studies majors who are also interested in religious thought. Religion 228, Modern Western Religious Thought I: Crisis and Renewal treats the period from the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century through the early part of the 19th Century. Among the German thinkers studied are Martin Luther, Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. Sometimes Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is included as well. Religion 229, Modern Western Religious Thought II: The 20th Century usually includes Adolf von Harnack, Karl Barth, and the German-American theologian Paul Tillich. Other German authors may be included in this course as well. In addition to these courses, Wyman occasionally teaches Special Topics courses on themes of interest to German Studies majors; for example, recently he taught a seminar on the revisionist theology of the German-Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Küng.
Native Speaker/Language Assistant
Timon Traub comes to us from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg. Timon has already lived abroad in both Argentina and the USA. He came to the US as an exchange student, attending high school in Kansas. In Argentina he volunteered as a teaching assistant at a German school through a UNESCO program, which honed his skills as both a language tutor and as a cultural ambassador. He has, since then, continued to hold orientations for other UNESCO volunteers, and hopes to eventually become a secondary school teacher.