did you know?
That the Castle Neuschwanstein erected by King Ludwig II of Bavaria was used as a model for the Disney Castle?
Its true, the castle Neuschwanstein, Bavaria which attracts more than 1 million visitors from around the world each year was the inspiration for the Castles in the Disney Theme Parks.
One just has to look at the pictures and see the similarity.
Sabine von Mering
Associate Professor of German. Area of Expertise: German Women Writers. German Cinema. Age of Goethe.
Sabine von Mering came to Brandeis as Assistant Professor of German in 1998. She completed her Staatsexamen in German and English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1991. After a year as German-Language Scholar at Reed College, Portland, Oregon she went to the University of California at Davis. She completed her Ph.D. in German Literature on "German Women & Tragedies in the 18th Century: from Gottsched to Guenderrode", at UC Davis in August of 1998. At Brandeis she teaches courses in German Language, Literature, and Film. She has worked for CGES since her first days at Brandeis, initially as Assistant Director, since 2002 as Executive Director and presently as Director of the Center. Key aspects of her work have been the organization of meetings of the Jewish-German Dialogue at Brandeis. She also co-edited two volumes of conference proceedings, International Green Politics with Sarah Halpern-Meekin, in 2002, and Russian-Jewish Emigrants after the Cold War: Perspectives from Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States with Olaf Gloeckner and Evgenija Garbolevsky in 2006.
Can Erbil is a Research Fellow of EcoMod, Global
Economic Modeling Network, where he is involved in research and teaching
on economic modeling. EcoMod is based in Brussels. Erbil is also
currently a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, working on
a project for the New Hampshire Tax Commission to estimate the economic
impacts of changes in income, sales and property taxes.
On two different occasions, Erbil has worked in the International Trade Division of the World Bank, as a consultant and data manager. He has conducted intensive empirical research using international data sources, and delivered policy recommendations to client countries on issues such as market openness.
Heidi is originally from the Black Forest in Germany near the borders of Alsace Lorraine and Switzerland. She also resided in Munich for several years before immigrating to the east coast of the United States. Heidi joined the CGES team at Brandeis University in the fall of 2005 and became Senior Program Coordinator in the summer of 2006. She has worked part-time in the same capacity for the Classical Studies Department at Brandeis since the fall of 2009. Heidi has extensive experience as a technical illustrator and in computer drafting with AutoCad certification from the University of New Hampshire. She was a student of the Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Program at Wellesley College and graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a minor in Psychology.
Current Student Assistants
Nelly was born in Hamburg, Germany but lived near Köln, Germany until 2001, when her family moved to Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a sophomore at Brandeis University, majoring in Anthropology and International and Global Studies and works as the Germantutor for the Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study program on campus
Jonathan was born in Hamburg, Germany and moved to San Francisco in 1998. Currently a Senior at Brandeis University, he is majoring in Economics.
Past Student Assistants
Julia Beier (2011-2012)
Julia was born and raised in Weimar, Germany. She obtained her Bachelors in International Business & Management in Germany and France. Afterwards, she was selected as a Fulbright scholar and is now pursuing her Master studies in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Darryl Joo (2011-2012)
Darryl is a native Korean who moved to America early on in his life, and presently resides in New Jersey. Currently a senior, he started his German studies in his sophomore year and spent a semester & summer abroad in Freiburg, Germany during his Junior year. He completed his undergraduate degrees May 2012 with majors in Economics and German Studies.
Benjamin Mandl (2011-2012)
Benni was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. After moving to the United States in 2008, he graduated from Lexington High School in 2009. He started his studies at UMass Boston and transferred after completing his freshman year to Brandeis University. He completed his undergraduate degree in May 2012 with a major in Economics and minors in Philosophy and Math.
Ingrid was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. In 2001 she moved to Munich, Germany with her family for a year. Currently a Senior at Brandeis University, she is majoring in Biology and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry.