Our Graduates in German

Adam Bresnahan (above) graduated from New College in 2011 with a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany. After his Fulbright year, he continued to teach English in Germany at the Anne Frank Grundschule. As a New College student, he took an intensive German course at the Goethe-Institut in Bremen, Germany. In his second year he studied at the Universität Kassel, where he honed his interest in philosophy, focusing on the role aesthetics plays in political and ethical problems. For his New College thesis project, he translated and analyzed Herta Müller’s collection of short stories Barefoot February. Bresnahan says his thesis work taught him “to focus on the immense shifts in meaning that can be produced by the translation of single words, and the subtle nuances that can be produced by an accurate translation. I learned that not only in translation, but in all aspects of language, I have a responsibility to pursue and question ambiguities in understanding and meaning.”

New College is proud of the many German Language and Literature graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Miranda Tedholm is associate instructor at Indiana University in the Department of Communication and Culture. She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University and completed the Berlin School of English in CELTA/TESOL certification at the University of Cambridge.

Erica Haas earned a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Germany and completed her master’s in German at the University of Georgia, Masters Universitat Bamberg. She is currently teaching English at the University of Jena in Germany.

Sean Wilson concentrated on German and Economics at New College and was awarded a Fulbright to Germany. He also earned his master’s at the University of Minnesota. He is currently working for the Department of Labor.

Remy Luria is principal attorney with his firm, The Luria Law Firm.

David Mukai is a doctor with the U.S. Army Public Health Command in Bel Air, Maryland

Ahmet Sapmaz is vice president of global business development at Valleyforge Fabrics USA. He concentrated in German and Economics at New College.

Erin Boggs earned a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study in Russia and a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. She currently is working toward her master's degree at Universitat Leipzig while working as a translator and English instructor there. She has also done freelance translation work for such leading businesses as Porsche and Thomson Reuters.

Michael Powers earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Brown University.

Lauren White earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany and is currently completing a master's degree at the Universitat Leipzig.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in German Language and Literature

• Yale University
• Brown University
• Cornell University
• Duke University
• Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
• Georgia Tech
• Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin
• Johns Hopkins University
• New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Northwestern University
• Otto-Friedrich University
• Universitat Bamberg
• Universitat Leipzig
• University of Cologne
• University of Georgia
• University of Minnesota
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Texas, Austin

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New College is one of the nation's per capita leaders in terms of Fulbright Scholars. Over the years, 31 of the 75 New College students who have earned Fulbrights  have studied in Germany.

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