2017-18 UDRs

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Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

The German Studies Program Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) for 2017-2018 are listed below. We encourage you to reach out to them with any questions you may have about their experience as students in the program.

Emma Gutman '18
History/Anthropology/German Studies

Emma GutmanI am a senior from New York City. I am a double major in History and Anthropology with a minor in German Studies. I just returned from a semester abroad in Berlin and a summer internship at the Jewish Museum there as well. This year, I am conducting research and will be writing an anthropological thesis about Germany's capacity to be an immigrant nation in the foreseeable future, based on how Germans view people who are different than them.

I began taking German in seventh grade. Above all other languages in my school system, the German department could give its students a genuine grasp of the language and culture. Brandeis' German Studies Program has a similar focus and is small enough that the professors really get to know you. I am also a history major because I love how history is like a story, can have more than one solution, and can inform us about the future. The study of languages only complements this interest, as it widens my understanding of the world. I wanted to become a UDR to step up my involvement in the German program, help improve the study of German, and increase the program's presence on campus.

Outside of academics, I am the Vice President of Brandeis' Adagio Dance Company and an active member of Adagio’s Dance Ensemble and Stop Motion Dance Crew. I also work at the SCC Box Office and as a Student Assistant for the Center for German and European Studies. Otherwise, you can probably catch me exploring Boston on the weekends and trying new foods.

Michael Kroker '19

Michael KrokerHello! My name is Michael Kroker, I am a junior from Oregon (the best state) double majoring in Economics and Sociology. I also have a lot of interest in the German language and Germany in general. My introduction to the German language came in high school when my family hosted two German foreign exchange students. By living with these people, my interest in the German language was peaked (unfortunately my high school only offered one language and it was not German). From these connections I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks in Germany near Cologne, and fell in love. I very much enjoy and admire the German culture, food, and scenery! (An admiration I wish to help/encourage others to acquire...)

Besides being lucky enough to be a UDR for the German Studies Program, I am a member of the Brandeis Varsity Track and Field team. During the indoor season, I run the 60m, and in outdoors I run the 100m, 4x100m, and throw javelin. Along with this, I am a TA in the economics department.