Harvard’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures recently awarded Kerstin Luise Tremel ’05 the Bernhard Blume Prize for her thesis “Literrorisierung: German Literary Approaches to the Red Army Faction.” This prize is awarded to the graduating senior who has written the best honors thesis on a German subject and whose performance in courses offered toward the concentration is of equal merit. In addition, second-year graduate student Mattias Frey was awarded the Bernhard Blume Award for excellence in course work in the first three terms of graduate studies, while Justice Kraus, a fourth-year graduate student, took the prize for excellence in course work in the second three terms of graduate studies.
The department also presented Anjeana Hans with the Jack M. Stein Teaching Fellow Prize in German, awarded each year to a teaching fellow who conducts undergraduate sections with “the highest measure of pedagogical skills, linguistic proficiency, enthusiasm, and commitment to students’ learning and welfare.” First-year graduate student Pascale LaFountain was awarded the Esther Sellholm Walz Prize for the best graduate essay dealing with a scholarly subject in German literature and philology. Her paper was titled “kennen Sie dieses SCHÖNE land? Spatial Alienation and the Media in Elfriede Jelinkek’s ‘Die Liebhaberinnen.'” Lastly, Catherine Powell ’08 won the Elizabeth Wilder Prize, given to the freshman needing financial aid who achieves the highest score in the beginning German mid-year exam and who has not studied German before enrolling in the course.